Residual strength of aging aircraft with multiple site damage/multiple element damage

L. Wang, W. T. Chow, H. Kawai, S. N. Atluri

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A numerical study is presented of the residual strength of an aircraft fuselage in the presence of multiple site damage (MSD)/multiple element damage. The analyses were carried out using a software package that was developed to facilitate automated analyses of full-scale fuselage panels with widespread fatigue damage, using a hierarchical approach and elastic-plastic finite element alternating method. The present study shows the importance of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics in the assessment of the residual strength of a fuselage with two-bay longitudinal/circumferential lead cracks, with and without MSD, and of the interaction between multiple lead cracks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-847
Number of pages8
JournalAIAA Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1998


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