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BORTEX(TM) REPAIRS FOR C-141 WING

 GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Composite Technology, Inc., of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a USAF contract to repair C-141 wing fuel cell weephole fatigue cracks using the Bortex(TM) boron epoxy repair technology.
 The Bortex process was developed by the Australian Department of Defense at the Defense Science and Technology Organization's Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL), in Melbourne, Australia. The Bortex process, pioneered by ARL's Dr. Alan Baker, involves the engineering analysis of individual cracks, the design of boron/epoxy composite patches, surface preparation and the bonding of patches inside fuel cells.
 In the process of developing and validating repair design and application procedures, fatigue tests on C-141 wing planks were carried out at ARL, Melbourne.
 Bortex repairs have been used extensively by the Royal Australian Air Force over the past 15 years and were recently approved by the FAA for a Boeing 747 keel beam repair. Composite Technology, Inc., an affiliate of the Australian-based Helitech Industries, has negotiated an exclusive license for the use of the Bortex technology in the United States.
 To respond to the USAF's requirement that repairs be effected in the shortest possible time, CTI has entered into a teaming arrangement with DynCorp Aerospace Operations of Fort Worth, Texas, who will act as a subcontractor to CTI.
 The repair work to be carried out at Robins AFB, Georgia, is to commence immediately.
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 /CONTACT: John Niamtu, president, Composite Technology, 214-556-0744/


CO: Composite Technology, Inc.; DynCorp Aerospace Operations ST: Texas IN: AIR SU:

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