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Failure and fatigue life estimate of a pre-stressed aircraft seat support tube

type de publication      article dans une revue internationale avec comité de lecture
date de publication 2015
auteur(s) Al-Bahkali Essam Ali; Elkenani Hisham; Souli Mhamed
journal (abréviation) Engineering Failure Analysis (Eng Fail Anal)
volume (numéro) 54
  
pages 120 – 130
résumé There have been increasing reports of annoyance, fatigue, and even neck and back pain during prolonged operation of troop propeller aircraft, where persistent multi-axis vibration occurs at higher frequencies. A claim from failure of the 2024-T3 aluminum tube used as a seat support tube (SST) for troop seat – wall style – construction. A failure occurs after about 85 flight hours. A numerical static analysis model for the tube with its holders shows that it is safe, even with impact loading. In the present work, a random vibration analysis is conducted to calculate the lifetime of the SST. First, a static analysis is performed using a pressure load on part of the tube that represents the seating location, followed by random vibration analysis. A contact algorithm is added in order to transfer the support’s movement to the tube. Dirlik method is used for the analysis of lifetime as it is proven to provide accurate results for large number of applications, both in automotive and aerospace industry. The predicted service life is in a good agreement with the real actual life.
mots clés Support tube; Random vibration; Fatigue; Power spectra density; Damage ratio
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