Damage Tolerance Predictions in a Diminishing Stress Field
Abstract: Cracks growing in spar webs are not as damage tolerant critical as typically predicted. Test evidence and fleet history suggest that cracks can slow and possibly even arrest because the crack driving force drops as the crack grows toward the beam’s neutral axis. In this fiscally austere environment, it is desirable to eliminate any unnecessary inspections and focus efforts on more critical areas. A rigorous program has been undertaken to more accurately characterize the growth of cracks in a diminishing stress field with the goal of eliminating unneeded inspections.
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“As the United States Air Force continues to extend the service life of their aircraft the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) has had to refine the methods it uses to analyze and predict fatigue crack growth. Through the use StressCheck®, coupled with AFGROW, we in A-10 ASIP have been able to more accurately model, predict and analyze critical aircraft structure for the A-10 and other types of structure for non-A-10 system managers. This also allows us within the A-10 to more accurately assess risk for decision makers, streamline aircraft inductions into scheduled maintenance and reduce cost for total life cycle management.”
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