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Aerospace Structures

The Industry Challenge:

Commercial and defense aircraft manufacturers are incorporating advanced materials such as new alloys and composite materials into the structural components of new aircraft.

The crack propagation behavior in these materials, when subjected to cyclic loading, must be determined to develop fatigue life models and rigorous crack growth inspection programs.

How We Help:

C-FER conducted large panel tests in compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Both advanced alloy and composite material panels were tested.

Testing programs included advanced data acquisition systems with high speed monitoring of over 500 data channels and strain field mapping using Visual Image Correlation.

Due to the nature of the testing, some tests required third-party observers; including, the United States Federal Aviation Authority, while others required registration under the Controlled Goods Program.

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