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From 'Safe Life' to Fracture Mechanics - F111 Aircraft Cold Temperature Proof Testing at RAAF Amberley.

Gerard Redmond, BAppSc, MSc (Eng), DIC, MRAeS
Materials Officer
NDTSL-DGTA
RAAF Base Amberley, QLD.
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Abstract

Introduction

"Safe-Life" Design

Fracture Mechanics and the F111 Recovery Program

Cold Proof Test

Cold Proof Testing Programs

Proof Test Failures

Summary

REFERENCES

  1. F111 Aircraft Structural Integrity Management Plan, ASI, DTA, April 1996.
  2. Durability and Damage Tolerance in Aircraft Design, ICAF Conference Proceedings, Pisa, Italy, 1985.
  3. F111 Cold Temperature Proof Testing, Unpublished paper, Bill J. Sutherland, USAF.

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