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Activity Number: 18
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Quality and Productivity Section
Abstract - #304880
Title: Reliability and Statistical Issues in Managing Aging Aircraft Within the Damage-Tolerant Design Framework
Author(s): Peter Hovey*+
Companies: University of Dayton
Address: 5512 Florrel Crest Ln, Dayton, OH, 45415, United States
Keywords: reliability ; safety ; NDE ; POD

The US Air Force helps ensure the reliability and safety of aircraft through specifications referred to as damage tolerant design. The damage tolerant design specifications for design of aircraft are primarily deterministic and assume there are no flaws in the aircraft structure. In the current environment of reducing costs, the Air Force has been pressed to try and use aircraft longer than the original design considerations. This talk reviews some of the probabilistic models and statistical methods that have been used to extend the principles of damage tolerant design to aging aircraft.

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