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Crack growth prediction on critical component for structure life extension of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKM

Venugopal, Arvinthan and Mohammad, Roslina and Koslan, Md. Fuad Shah and Shafie, Ashaari and Ali, Alizarin and Eugene, Owi (2021) Crack growth prediction on critical component for structure life extension of Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKM. Metals, 11 (9). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2075-4701


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/met11091453


The critical aircraft structure, being the load-bearing members, is a vital component for any aircraft. The effect of fatigue loading, operating conditions, and environmental degradation has caused the structural integrity of the airframe to be assessed for its airworthiness requirement. Using the fatigue design concept of Safe Life, the RMAF adopts the Aircraft Structure Integrity Program (ASIP) to monitor the structural integrity of its critical components. RMAF has produced the task card using the engineering analysis concept on the aircraft’s critical structure. Various Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) methods were used, and for this analysis, the Crack Growth Prediction method was used to determine the crack growth behavior and its ultimate failure point in case of any crack occurrences. Although there are six critical locations, the wing root is chosen since it has the highest possibility of fatigue failure. The analytical methods which were discussed are Crack Growth Analysis and Low Cycle Fatigue. For the numerical method, NX Nastran was used for the simulation of crack growth. The result from the crack growth analysis was validated with the numerical result. The conclusion is that, based on the fatigue life cycle, the wing root structure condition is not affected by severe damage, and its failure is approximately around 30 to 100 years for both the through hole and through side crack. Thus, its structural life can be extended. The research outcome will be on the extension of the structure life of the aircraft wing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:crack growth prediction, fatigue critical location, structure life extension
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General) > T58.5-58.64 Information technology
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:30575
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:02 Mar 2014 07:40
Last Modified:28 Feb 2022 13:26

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