Can We Hope to Make Today's Concern about Ageing Aircraft - a Thing of the Past?

Dash, PK (2006) Can We Hope to Make Today's Concern about Ageing Aircraft - a Thing of the Past? In: Proceedings of 14th National Seminar on Aerospace Structures: Fatigue, Fracture and Ageing Structures, 30-31 Jan 2006, Nagpur, India.

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    According to Dr. Hart Smith "If the well known fuselage splice fatigue problem were removed from consideration, the remainder of the structure have performed well enough to outlast the arrival of the next generation of improved engines or systems most of the time". In other words, apart from the lap splices, technical obsolescence for the whole aircraft arrived before the airframe became too expensive to continue to operate. The paper gives a glimpse of the historical development of fuselage splice joints. Through many ups and downs in aircraft industry, design of long life splice joint has come to a mature stage. Many forgotten features of splice design of early 50's have been revived. To extend the fatigue life considerably, new features have been incorporated. Some of the intricacies of fuselage splices are discussed in detail in this paper.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing aircraft;Aerospace structures
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    Division/Department: Structural Integrity Division
    Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 12:02
    Last Modified: 25 Nov 2010 14:07

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