HLH Rotor Blade Manufacturing Technology Development Report
BOEING VERTOL CO PHILADELPHIA PA
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This document describes the manufacturing technology development effort for the HLHATC rotor blade. Trade-off studies leading to the selection of the manufacturing and tooling concepts, and the details of blade fabrication are described herein in addition, the nondestructive test and other quality assurance techniques used to ensure development of a flight-worthy rotor blade are described. Finally, the tooling and fabrication changes being implemented as a result of full-scale blade testing in the last six months of the ATC program are presented. The conclusions reached as a result of the 3-year HLHATC rotor blade manufacturing development effort have 1 verified the tooling and manufacturing approach utilized and 2 provided convincing evidence that the rotor blade design is cost-effective, producible, and has the potential for high-rate, low-cost production through automated tooling and manufacturing methods.
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