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Sandia conducts alternative pyroshock testing

A 100lb solid steel projectile, fired from Sandia National Laboratories’ 6in gas gun, impacts material on a resonant bar attached to a test article. The impact initiates a wave that travels through the resonant bar assembly into the test article, simulating a stage separation pyroshock event.

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06 September, 2017



Flying Test Bed farewell

As GE's original B747 flying testbed heads for retirement, hear from the pilots who flew the aircraft for more than 25 years with 39 different engine builds.

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21 August, 2017


 

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First titanium 3D-printed part installed into serial production aircraft

For the first time Airbus has completed the installation of a titanium 3D-printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB.

The bracket, built using additive-layer manufacturing (ALM) technologies (also known as 3D printing), is part of the aircraft pylon, the junction section between wings and engines. This is the first step toward qualification of more complex 3D-printed parts to be installed on production aircraft.

Additive-layer manufacturing ‘grows’ products from a fine base material powder – such as aluminum, titanium, stainless steel and plastics – by adding thin layers of material in incremental stages, which enables complex components to be produced directly from computer-aided design (CAD) information.

There are 3D-printed parts already flying on some of Airbus’s A320neo and A350 XWB test aircraft. These include metal printed cabin brackets and bleed pipes.

September 14, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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