The Future of Aircraft Paint Removal Methods
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The purpose of study was to develop a qualitative forecast for predicting aircraft paint removal methods. A Delphi methodology was used to create a technical forecast, combining the expectations of individuals who work with the related technologies on a daily basis. The Delphi results yielded five major conclusions. First, the projected paint removal method that will suit future paint removal needs is PMB, and no other method is projected to be a serious threat to PMBs dominance. Second, PMBs process and parameters must be further researched to optimize the methods effectiveness. Third, the workers safety can be further enhanced by both protective equipment that is available today, and facility construction that is specifically designed for the given removal method. Fourth, facility design is the major consideration when defining a paint removals environmental effects. Lastly, it is undeterminable if robotics will replace human labor. Equipment that safely applies PMB is available today, while the equipment that further the methods effectiveness of separating heavy particles will be accessible in 1 year. Keywords Paint removal Paint stripping Forecast Theses.
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