LUFTHANSA TECHNIK claims to have developed a low-cost method of repairing composite parts of Airbus A300 and A310 engine cowlings which have been damaged by moisture and hot air from anti-icing ducts.

Engineers at the company's Hamburg maintenance site repair damage using a bonding system, cure it at a temperature of 175¡C in an autoclave, and install a drainage system which allows water to run off, instead of collecting in the interior of the cowling. The modification has been adopted by Airbus for new-build aircraft.

Source: Flight International