RUAG Australia’s submission for Laser Cladding Repair Technology has been selected for further development under Round 20 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program.
Round 20 was highly competitive, with seven CTD proposals being selected from a total field of over 130 proposals. The RUAG Australia proposal focused on reducing the cost of ownership for aircraft component maintenance and improving aircraft availability by utilising innovative repair technologies.
Laser Cladding is an innovative processing technique used for repairing metal structures. A stream of powder is fed into a focused laser beam as it is scanned across the target surface, leaving behind a deposited coating of the feed stock material that is fused to the substrate. The required geometry is built up layer by layer. This technology yields high quality depositions with high bond strength.
Application of this technology has been proven to be effective at restoring damaged components and structures and has been utilised by RUAG on several platforms, including the landing gear of the F/A-18.