Impact of Emerging NDE-NDI Methods on Aircraft Design, Manufacture and Maintenance (L'Impact des Nouvelles Methodes d'Examen Non Destructif et de Controle Non Destructif (NDE-NDI) sur la Conception, la Fabrication et la Maintenance des Aeronefs)
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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At its sixty-ninth meeting the Structures and Materials Panel held a conference of Specialists, to review developments in NDE-NDI applicable to the major components and assemblies in airframes, engines and their sub-assemblies. Users needs and priorities were discussed with emphasis on identification of the constraints that present-day NDE-NDI methods impose on the activities of aircraft designersmanufacturers, airworthiness authorities and aircraft operators. The methods available for the characterisation and control of materials and processes were examined and current developments in techniques for improved reliability and in-service inspection were assessed. In a final season, research studies in both physical and analytical methods were reviewed. Keywords Nondestructive tests, Inspection, Maintenance, Aircraft engines, Airframes, Reliability, Design, Manufacturing, NATO.