In order to establish a dependable, high quality bond, Lockheed Martin began investigating the use of laser cleaning systems to circumvent the previous process described. Utilizing previous research and subcontractor development, initial trials were conducted on commercially available laser cleaning systems for implementation of a structured cleaning system. Following a down select, a prototype was designed, built, evaluated and qualified as a cost-effective solution that would not impact the fatigue life of the F-35 program. This presentation will convey the lessons learned during the evaluation, qualification and production development of low-power, air-cooled, eye-safe laser cleaning solutions that effectively remove typical aircraft coatings and surface treatments for commercially-available, bonded nutplate installation.
- Describe the product development and impacts of laser ablation for bonded nutplate preparation and installation on metallic structures
- Demonstrate a cursory knowledge of the potential benefits and uses of laser ablation cleaning in aerospace applications
- Outline production uses of laser ablation and the implications of using the equipment in an operations environment