Development of Design and Manufacturing Technology for Ballistic-Damage- Tolerant Flight Control Components
Final rept. May 1973-Jun 1975
BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC FORT WORTH TX
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Composite ballistic-damage-tolerant aircraft control components, as a concept, had been proven prior to this program. Parts had been fabricated, but only on a prototype basis. It was the objective of this program to develop and demonstrate a manufacturing technology which would enable such parts to be made on a production basis. Two components in the AH-1G antitorque control system were chosen for samples. These parts were redesigned to be ballistic-damage- tolerant and were then fabricated with specially designed tooling. The completed parts were mechanically, ballistically, and environmentally tested to prove soundness of design and fabrication. The program showed that manufacturing could be done on a production basis, resulting in parts that are very satisfactory in quality and performance.