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REVIEW ARTICLES: Aging and Life Prediction of Materials and Structures

Continuing Airworthiness Challenges

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Ulf G. Goranson

Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Seattle, WA

Appl. Mech. Rev 47(6S), S145-S150 (Jun 01, 1994) doi:10.1115/1.3124392 History: Online April 29, 2009

Abstract

Structural safety is an evolutionary accomplishment, and attention to detail design features is key to its achievement. A multitude of design considerations is involved in ensuring the structural integrity of Boeing jet transports that have common design concepts validated by extensive analyses, tests, and three decades of service. As airplanes approach their design service objectives, the incidences of fatigue and corrosion may become widespread. Continuing airworthiness of the aging jet fleet requires diligent performance from the manufacturer, the airlines, and airworthiness authorities.

Copyright © 1994 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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