CAI Composite Joint Analysis
Abstract: The Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) was established to reduce the cost of composite structures essential to high-performance aircraft. A team was established that consisted of the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the Air Vehicles Directorate, the Office of Naval Research, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Electric Aircraft Engines. Early in the program the team recognized that in order for lower cost concepts to be accepted by the engineering community, accurate analysis of predicted performance was required.
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“At DST Group, we have effectively used StressCheck® over the last 10 years to determine accurate stress intensity factors. The results have been used to improve our residual strength and structural life estimates for aircraft in service with the Royal Australian Airforce, including C-130, P-3C and F/A-18 A/B. We have found it to be extremely easy to use and a very versatile code with which to create parametric models.
We have recently used StressCheck® to obtain improved stress intensity factor solutions (Improved stress intensity factors for selected configurations in cracked plates and Improved stress intensity factors for a single corner crack at a loaded fastener hole) for five key generic configurations. These transferable parametric results have been published externally. One specific example is the non-linear contact analysis of a cracked, filled fastener hole, with both fastener and remote plate loading.”
Dr. Manfred Heller, HeadStructural & Damage Mechanics, DST Group