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NASA airframe structural integrity programNASA initiated a research program with the long-term objective of supporting the aerospace industry in addressing issues related to the aging of the commercial transport fleet. The program combines advanced fatigue crack growth prediction methodology with innovative nondestructive examination technology with the focus on multi-stage damage (MSD) at rivited connections. A fracture mechanics evaluation of the concept of pressure proof testing the fuselage to screen for MSD was completed. A successful laboratory demonstration of the ability of the thermal flux method to detect disbonds at rivited lap splice joints was conducted. All long-term program elements were initiated, and the plans for the methodology verification program are being coordinated with the airframe manufacturers.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Harris, Charles E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1990
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:102637
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-63-01-05
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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