Inflatable Aerospace Clamping Bladders for Component Bonding
Aerospace clamping bladders contained in steel or aluminum channels are used to apply uniform clamping pressure along bond lines when bonding exterior metal or carbon filament skins to substrates or internal stiffeners. Typical applications for clamping bladders are in the manufacture of aircraft stabilizers and wing sections, rotary wing aircraft spars, and other airframe and missile sections. The simplicity of the air source and inflatable clamp system results in considerable time saving efficiencies, and the uniformity of the pressure affords more reliable and consistent bond lines when compared with traditional mechanical clamping systems. The typical inflatable profiles used in these aerospace application are either Type 1 or Type 7 designs.