Vibration Induced Fatigue Analysis of Aerospace Structures
Pp. 269-301 (33)
Murat Aykan and Mehmet Çelik
This chapter discusses the structural analysis aspects of aerospace
structures focusing on vibration induced fatigue. Metal Fatigue of dynamically
loaded structures is a very common phenomenon in engineering practice. Several
aerospace structures are used in environments where they experience dynamic
loading. Furthermore, when the loading is dynamic, the response of the structure is
affected by the structural resonances. Thus, the structural response to the loading will
amplify at the regions of resonance. As a case study, an antenna (12-59 V/UHF)
integration process on helicopter is investigated where the importance of the dynamic
response is highlighted. Flight tests and finite element analyses (FEA) are carried out
to ensure the safety of the integration process. Furthermore, another important aspect
of the structural analysis of aerospace structures is the testing strategy. In this study,
the fatigue tests performed by uni-axial tests which is a procedure defined in military
standards are compared to multi axial testing. The results are shown for a helicopter
Chaff/Flare Dispenser Bracket. The military standards assume that cumulatively uniaxial
testing has equal multi axial testing fatigue damage. In this study, the uni-axial fatigue tests were compared to multi axial fatigue tests which were performed by
FEA simulations. Furthermore, the effects of various loading conditions and
geometries were investigated. The study showed that the assumption of multi axial
testing can be represented by uni-axial testing does not hold for various cases.
Computer modeling and simulation, Multi-axial testing,
Uni-axial fatigue testing error, Vibration induced fatigue.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, SST Division-ASELSAN Inc., 06172, TURKEY.