Accession Number : ADA118768


Title :   Evaluation of a Damage Accumulation Monitoring System as an Individual Aircraft Tracking Concept


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 14 Nov 1980-30 Sep 1981


Corporate Author : NORTHROP CORP HAWTHORNE CA AIRCRAFT DIV


Personal Author(s) : Guadagnino, C L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a118768.pdf


Report Date : May 1982


Pagination or Media Count : 237


Abstract : The objective of this program was to study and evaluate the concept of using a damage accumulation monitoring system based on microprocessor technology for individual aircraft tracking (IAT) needed to satisfy the Force Management requirements of MIL-STD-1503A. The two major components of this study were: (1) the evaluation of selected output and input IAT parameters required to monitor the potential crack growth of each of two major classes of aircraft (Bomber/Transport and Fighter/Attack/Trainer aircraft), and (2) the definition of the microprocessor-based IAT system in terms of capabilities and requirements. A number of existing and planned IAT programs which were considered as typical for the two major classes of aircraft were studied to determine problem areas, to evolve advanced concepts, and to evaluate the output/input parametric requirements and the functional characteristics needed to satisfy IAT system goals. Several conceptual microprocessor based IAT systems and one existing microprocessor based IAT system capable of satisfying the requisite functional requirements were developed, studied, and described. In addition, the study was extended to examine the capability of microprocessor based IAT systems to satisfy in part or wholly, the load and environment spectra survey (L/ESS) functions. Several system concepts were developed and described.


Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT , *MICROPROCESSORS , *STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS , *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , *DAMAGE ASSESSMENT , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , AIRBORNE , FRACTURE(MECHANICS) , CRACK PROPAGATION , ATTACK AIRCRAFT , TRAINING AIRCRAFT , BOMBER AIRCRAFT , TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT , ACCUMULATION , TOLERANCES(MECHANICS) , FATIGUE(MECHANICS) , AIR LOGISTICS SUPPORT , ENDURANCE(GENERAL) , TRACKING , MONITORING , LOADS(FORCES) , MANAGEMENT , DAMAGE


Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Bombers
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Transport Aircraft
      Training Aircraft
      Computer Hardware
      Mechanics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE