An extensive review of vehicle structures, loads and flutter testing takes the student from basic properties of materials through advanced instrumentation methods for determining flutter regions and divergence. Industry standards for determining loads limits and 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 Aeromacchi MB-326 Impala 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 testing. Unique stores load and flutter issues are examined as well as theory and methods for clearing stores for external carriage and separation/launch.
Anticipated Student Academic Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course of instruction, the student will have a basic understanding of aircraft material science and the flight test procedures, techniques, and data analysis associated with determining aircraft flight loads. He/she will:
Be familiar with
1. The aeroelastic effects of an aircraft.
2. The properties of different materials used in aircraft.
3. Performing basic loads testing of aircraft.
4. Loads and flutter ground test methods.
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.
Sequence of Instruction
Static Loads Testing
Flutter Ground Test
Flutter Flight Test
Loads Ground Project
Texts and Reference Materials
“Aircraft Structures,” Peery
NTPS Course notes
Process of Evaluation