Accession Number:

ADA621970

Title:

Integrating Residual Stress Analysis of Critical Fastener Holes into USAF Depot Maintenance

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 4 Aug 2012-2 Nov 2014

Corporate Author:

APES INC ST LOUIS MO

Report Date:

2014-11-02

Pagination or Media Count:

236.0

Abstract:

The objective of this Rapid Innovation Fund RIF program is to integrate finite element simulations of residual stress fields, physically based life prediction methods, and inspections for cold worked CX fastener holes into depot maintenance practices. For decades, the aircraft industry has used cold working of fastener holes to enhance the service life fatigue performance of critical, highly stressed structure. Although the structure directly benefits and is much less prone to failure, current requirements for structural inspections are very stringent. This is because the current analysis methods used to set inspection intervals do not take into account the beneficial residual stress fields that result from the cold work process. The efforts under this program have shown that the United States Air Force USAF can increase inspection intervals by as much as five times if the physically based residual stress fields are incorporated into analysis procedures. This program has successfully integrated a series of tools to accomplish the objective for A-10 application and capture the Return-On-Investment afforded by the implementation.

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE