Your Selections

Tests and Testing
Aircraft certification
Emissions certification
Fuel certification
Flight tests
Vehicle inspections
X-ray inspections
Non-destructive tests
Performance tests
Road tests
Test equipment and instrumentation
Test facilities
Test procedures
Testing services
Thermal testing
Wind tunnel tests
Show Only


File Formats

Content Types












NDT Application from Conventional to Digital Radiography for the Aircraft Maintenance Industry

SORT Engineering GmbH-Adel A. Ghobbar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1907
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Technological innovation can provide improved productivity, increased cost savings, and it can keep or make an organisation competitive. Digital radiography for non-destructive testing (NDT) is such a promising innovation. In organisations with large scale utilisation of non-destructive testing, a transition from film to digital radiography is easily justified. Nevertheless, this is not the case for every organisation. Next to the operational workflow, system flexibility, quality, and regulatory issues also play a role in the trade-off. Especially in the aircraft maintenance industry, where the non-destructive operation is related to a lot of different factors. Motivated by the developments of digital radiography, the NDT department of KLM Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) requested advice in reconsidering their conventional film radiography capabilities. The objective of this research was to assess the feasibility of digital radiography at KLM E&M. First, a thorough understanding of the technical and practical principles behind conventional radiographic testing was built up. Regulatory and process requirements were identified and several digital radiographic systems for industrial purposes were analysed. Based on the requirements, only computed radiography (CR)…

Service-based modelling approach to ease the certification of multi-core COTS processors

ONERA-Frédéric Boniol, Youcef Bouchebaba, Julien Brunel, Kevin Delmas, Claire Pagetti, Thomas Polacsek, Nathanaël Sensfelder
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1851
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
PHYLOG is a four years DGAC (French Civil Aviation) project (2016-2020) that aims at offering a model-based and software-aided certification framework for aeronautics systems based on multi/many-core architectures. Among the objectives of the position paper MCP-CRI/CAST 32A, two types of analysis are required: interference analysis. and safety analysis. Because of the large size of the multi-core platforms and their complexity, those analyses can lead to combinatorial explosion and some misinterpretation. To simplify those analyses, we explore and classify multi-core platform properties in order to represent a platform as a set of services

Local Weakening of Honeycomb Core for Improved Surface Quality and Bonding in Co-cured Sandwich Panels

Hamburg University of Technology-Henrik Eschen, Thorsten Schüppstuhl
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1859
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Sandwich panels made of NOMEX honeycomb core and fiber reinforced face sheets are a major component of aircraft interior parts. A common way to locally increase the strength of such panels, e.g. for load introduction, is the local thickening of the face sheets with additional prepreg layers. Curing of such strengthened panels without further processing of the core leads to higher flatness tolerances due to the added thickness as well as residual stresses. Machining of the core in the strengthened areas is possible, but expensive due to high machine costs and additional cleaning processes. In this paper a new automated process for the reduction of the residual stresses in strengthened areas is presented. The process is based on a local reduction of the compressive strength in the surface area of the honeycomb core, which allows for a plastic deformation in thickened areas at curing pressure. For the reduction of compressive strength, a concept based on a robot guided tool with multiple parallel blades is presented. A model based analysis of the process parameters shows that…


IRCUT-Galina Susova
National technology Chamber-Rostislav Sirotkin
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1870
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
The quality of production is defined by the actual deviations from the requirements stated in design and technological documentation including drawings. In this article the problem of ensuring steady decrease in quantity of deviations from these requirements by production is considered. Carrying out preventive actions, in combination with control of time and costs of correction of discrepancies of such decrease it is possible to achieve. For the solution of an objective the method of the modified FMEA using parameters and levels of ranging as elements of operation of technological process where at a design stage of a product are set structure, is offered and are adjusted on the basis of feedback of production and operation. Such statement of a problem demands automation of collecting and data processing which can be used for creation of the knowledge base necessary for management of productions. Considering the specification level used in this analysis it is also possible to obtain the data necessary for the solution of some other the problems, for example, connected with productions, including technologies, the…

Investigation into the benefits of implementing a fully integrated MRO Software system in Airlines Maintenance and Engineering

SORT Engineering GmbH-Adel A. Ghobbar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1908
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Case studies of various MRO organizations were researched in order to gain a better understanding of the business procedures used in each department of an aircraft maintenance company. The software systems available to aid business processes were researched to understand the computer processes, functions and operational requirements of these software programs. The planning and scheduling of inventory and manpower resources is complex and requires various parameters to be computed by the software systems in order to adequately plan the necessary aircraft maintenance resources. Case studies of aircraft maintenance companies that previously implemented integrated IT software solutions to control and monitor department functions were researched to identify and understand the various problems encountered by these companies during the software implementation phase. Understanding the problems that could potentially occur during the implementation is necessary to ensure similar mistakes are not repeated. The improvements and gains to efficiency that can be expected once the integrated IT system is operational were also considered. The work flow processes in the Brussels Airlines MRO Stores (incoming inspection) and Maintenance Planning departments…

Numerical investigation of Electrostatic Spray Painting Transfer Processes for vehicle Coating

Universidade Da Beira Interior-Mohammad Reza Pendar, Jose Pascoa
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1856
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
In this study we examined numerically the electrostatic spray transfer processes in the rotary bell spray applicator, which is this case implemented in a full 3D representation. The algorithm implemented and developed for this simulation includes airflow, spray dynamics, tracking of paint droplets and an electrostatic modularized solver to present atomization and in-flight spray phenomena for the spray forming procedure. The algorithm is implemented using the OpenFOAM package. The shaping airflow is simulated via an unsteady 3D compressible Navier-Stokes method. Solver for particle trajectory was developed to illustrate the process of spray transport and also the interaction of airflow and particle that is solved by momentum coupling. As the numerical results in this paper indicates dominant operating parameter voltage setting, further the charge to mass ratio and air-paint flow rate deeply effect the spray shape and the transfer efficiency (TE). The spin of the bell forced the paint to fall off from the bell edge into the high-velocity airflow. By increasing the shaping airflow more uniform distribution of mass of paint is produced but the…

Universal Synaptics - Aging Electronics, Intermittence, & No Fault Found

  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1889
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Intermittence occurs randomly in time, place, amplitude and duration. The very nature of the failure mode suggests that the ability to detect and further isolate the intermittence root cause is based on detection SENSITIVITY and PROBABILITY rather than conventional methods concentrating on ohmic measurement accuracy. Simply put, you can’t detect an intermittent event until it occurs, and then you might have limited opportunities to catch it on the specific circuit when it does. Trying to measure fractions of a milliohm, scanning one circuit at a time, is ineffective for this particular failure mode. In this paper we will outline the problem of intermittence and its testing difficulties. More importantly, we will describe the unique equipment and process which has produced overwhelming success in Intermittence / NFF resolution and MTBF extension. Working with Total Quality Systems, (TQS) Ogden, Utah, we implemented our team-developed overhaul system called IFDIS (Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System) which incorporates all the necessary testing procedures and technological capabilities that are proving to be critical to the resolution of the chronic intermittent…

Material Properties of Granular Ice Layers Characterized Using a Rigid-Body-Penetration Method: Experiments and Modeling

Technical University of Darmstadt-Markus Schremb, Kenan Malicevic, Louis Reitter, Ilia Roisman, Cameron Tropea
Published 2019-06-10 by SAE International in United States
Accretion and shedding of ice layers is a serious problem for various engineering applications. In particular, ice layers growing due to ice crystal impingement on warm parts of an aircraft jet engine pose a severe hazard since they seriously affect safe operation of an aircraft. The material properties, and in the first place the strength of an ice layer, are crucial for the mechanisms leading to, and taking place during, both accretion and shedding of an ice layer. In the present study, the apparent yield strength of dry granular ice layers is examined employing a novel rigid-body-penetration approach. Dynamic projectile penetration into granular ice layers of varying porosity and ice grain size is experimentally investigated for different projectile impact velocities using a high-speed video system and post-processing of the captured video data. The obtained data for the total penetration depth of the projectile is used to calculate the apparent yield strength of the ice layer based on theoretical modeling of the projectile dynamics during penetration. Finally, the experimental method and theoretical modeling employed in the…
Annotation icon

Microwave Technique for Liquid Water Detection in Icing Applications

University of Oxford-Matthew McGilvray, David Gillespie
University of Southern Queensland-John Leis, David Buttsworth, Ramiz Saeed, Khalid Saleh
Published 2019-06-10 by SAE International in United States
The partial melting of ingested ice crystals can lead to ice accretion in aircraft compressors, but accurately measuring the relatively small fraction of liquid water content in such flows is challenging. Probe-based methods for detecting liquid water content are not suitable for deployment within turbofan engines, and thus alternatives are sought. Recent research has described approaches based on passive microwave sensing. We present here an approach based on active microwave transmission and reflection, employing a vector network analyzer. Utilization of both transmission and reflection provides additional data over and above emission or transmission only, and permits a more controllable environment than passive sensing approaches. The paper specifically addresses the question of whether such an approach is viable within the context of representative icing wind tunnel and engine flow conditions. A quasi-thermal equilibrium approach is presented herein to estimate the melting ratio during microwave analysis of samples at 0 °C. Experimental results using microwaves in the 2.45GHz region are presented, and post-processing methods investigated. This is followed by an investigation of detection limits for ice accretion…
Annotation icon

Terms and Definitions Related to Testing of Automated Vehicle Technologies

DIN SAE Consortium
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • Current
Published 2019-06-10 by Beuth Verlag GmbH in Germany

This bilingual DIN SAE SPEC (German/English) defines terms used in automated vehicle technology, particularly terms relating to simulations and test environments. This document will be a useful tool for further research and development activities in this area, and for better communication with international partners. It will help unify language in this complex, interdisciplinary field.