Lightweight composites like carbon fiber and alloys like titanium are used extensively in aviation as a substitute for heavier materials that are prone to corrosion or stress cracking or are dependent on rivet fastening. Components made of these smooth and often resin-layered materials are traditionally etched using manual sanding or dry blasting. However, these less-than-ideal approaches present significant performance, application and operational challenges, including uneven etching patterns, damage to fibers or abrasives embedded in the material, both of which compromise coating and bond strength.
Benefits of Wet Blasting with Wet Technologies for Aviation Bonding Preparation
Using a closed-loop, wet-slurry, self-filtered system from Wet Technologies not only improves surface finishing applications of all kinds, but also benefits the aviation industry in dramatic and tangible ways, including…
- Creating even, uniform etching patterns that minimize or eliminate finish variations to maximize the strength of bonding and coating.
- Near or complete elimination of embedded abrasive media, and related voids, which result in weakened bonds.
- Ability to etch, rinse and dry surfaces in a non-chemical, water-based, closed-loop self-filtered system in one integrated, multiple-step work cell — right on the production floor.
- Stringent manufacturing standards, low maintenance needs and the easy operational requirements of our systems speed ROI and reduce TCO.