Manufacturing Methods Technology (MM/T) for Ballistic-Tolerant Flight Control Components
Final technical rept. Jun 1971-Jan 1973
WHITTAKER CORP SAN DIEGO CA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIV
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The objective of this program was to develop manufacturing methods and tech-nology for producing FRP, ballistic-tolerant flight control components with a high degree of reliability while utilizing low-cost fabrication techniques. This was achieved through development of component designs to obtain simpli-city and ease of manufacture. Maximum use was made of commercially available, finished material forms which required a minimum of additional processing. Matched die molding processes were developed which allowed rapid manufacture of parts to final net dimensions. Assembly techniques were developed which utilized adhesive bonding in precision fixtures and allowed a high degree of reproducibility and reliability of the finished component. Eight complete sets of components, consisting of a connecting link, an idler arm, and two bell cranks, were prepared for an extensive, verification testing program which included mechanical, environmental, and ballistic impact testing. Material, process, fabrication, and quality control specifications were prepared.
- Refractory Fibers
- Laminates and Composite Materials