T&E 4106 Loads, Flutter & Stores Testing

Course Description

This course is offered once per year on-campus. The course is designed to provide an extensive review of vehicle structures, loads and flutter/vibration testing takes the student from basic properties of materials through advanced instrumentation methods for determining vibrations/flutter regions and divergence. Industry standards for determining loads limits and vibrations/freedom from flutter are addressed as well as possible ways for obtaining required data in a limited amount of flight time.  A study of the instrumentation installation on an NTPS aircraft enhances the students’ knowledge of the correct test methods for in-flight loads determination. Stores clearance may be considered an extension of aircraft loads and flutter/vibrations testing. Unique stores load and flutter/vibrations issues are examined as well as theory and methods for clearing stores for external carriage and separation/launch

Anticipated Course Learning Outcomes

Be familiar with
1.  The aeroelastic effects of an aircraft.

Understand
2.  The properties of different materials used in aircraft.
3.  Performing basic loads testing of aircraft.
4.  Loads and flutter ground test methods.

Know
5.  The flight test techniques employed to determine aircraft in flight loads.
6.  The flight test techniques employed to demonstrate an aircraft is free from adverse aero-elastic/vibrations effects.
7.  The theory & test methods to clear stores for carriage.
8.  The theory & test methods to clear stores for separation.

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Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: +1 (661) 824-2977
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