Special Issue "Ageing Aircraft and Additive Manufacturing"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Rhys Jones AC
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Mechatronics Engineering, Monash University Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia
Interests: ageing aircraft; composites; fatigue and failure; additive manufacturing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The design of aerospace vehicles requires that all structures and repairs to load bearing structural elements be designed in accordance with damage tolerance design principles, which are largely based on the discipline of fracture mechanics, and which for military aircraft are detailed in the Joint Services Structural Guidelines JSSG2006 and in the USAF Damage Tolerant Design Handbook. This design philosophy has evolved as a result of a number of high-profile (military and civil aircraft) incidents, viz: The 1954 Comet failures, the 1958 B-47 accidents, the 1969 F-111 accident, the 1978 Dan Air 707 Lusaka accident, and the 1988 Aloha 737 accident.

While the problem of ageing aircraft was initially associated with metallic airframes, it is now recognized that composite and bonded structures are also at risk. Here the primary challenges are associated with the disbonding of bonded structures, and the effect of delamination and impact damage on composite airframes. The problem is accentuated in that most composite and bonded airframes are designed to a “no growth” philosophy. Hence, any growth means that the certification basis of the aircraft may be compromised.

In this context the US Under Secretary, Acquisition and Sustainment has recently enunciated that the DoD will use AM to “enable the transformation of maintenance operations and supply chains, increase logistics resiliency, and improve self-sustainment and readiness for DoD forces”. He further stated that: “AM parts or AM repair processes can be used in both critical and non-critical applications”. 

As a result this Special Issue will address topics associated with:

  • Ageing metallic aircraft
  • The effect of corrosion on aircraft structural integrity
  • Composite and bonded airframes
  • AM replacement parts, and AM repairs (cold spray, laser additive metal deposition, etc.)
  • Bonded repairs to ageing aircraft

Prof. Dr. Rhys Jones AC
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ageing aircraft
  • disbonding
  • delamination growth
  • additively manufactured parts
  • cold spray repairs

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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