Correlation of Structural Lifetime to Mission Utilization for Military Aircraft
Abstract »Military aircraft fleets are continuing to age despite increased structural integrity concerns and rising maintenance costs. Aircraft are not being replaced or retired in large numbers but are instead having their lives extended beyond their original design service lives. Because aging aircraft cost more to maintain, this additional burden on air forces is a forcing function for smarter approaches to enhanced structural health monitoring. As data recorder technology has improved and recording capacity has increased, structural health monitoring tools have become more important in understanding aircraft life. Accrued historical data present opportunities for end-of-life fleet optimization. This paper provides a thorough review of the aging aircraft problem and suggests a direction for future end-of-life fleet optimization research. The suggestions include the alteration of aircraft utilization, optimization for aircraft basing and the prediction of structural fatigue, all of which can enable the realization of fleet-wide cost savings.
Biography: Jeff Newcamp is a Major in the United States Air Force. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. Major Newcamp is a graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School and has conducted flight test on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He has flight time in 27 aircraft types as a flight test engineer, has taught engineering at the United States Air Force Academy and has deployed as an aircraft battle damage repair engineer.
Affiliation: Delft University of Technology Air Transport and Operations 2498EH Den Haag, NL NetherlandsVerhagen, WimVerhagen, Wim W.J.C.Verhagen@tudelft.nl
Biography: Dr. Verhagen is assistant professor Maintenance Operations at the section Air Transport & Operations, faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on aircraft maintenance operations, with specific attention to development of knowledge-based maintenance systems and optimization models to improve the efficiency of aircraft maintenance planning and execution.
Affiliation: Delft University of Technology Air Transport & Operations Delft NetherlandsCurran, RickyCurran, Ricky firstname.lastname@example.org
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