Date of Award
Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Som R. Soni, PhD
Jorg D. Walter, PhD
The United States Air Force and many of its Coalition partners have extended the original service life of some of their aging aircraft due to fiscal constraints. This life extension often requires increased periodic and in-depth inspections; increasing maintenance costs and resulting in longer periods of aircraft downtime. A structural health monitoring system for aging aircraft could reduce the current inspection burden, and thus decrease costs and system downtime. This presentation describes a baseline systems engineering methodology for system definition of an aging aircraft structural health monitoring system. Analysis was performed to quantify the potential benefit a structural health monitoring affords.
DTIC Accession Number
Albert, Alan P.; Antoniou, Efstathios; Leggiero, Stephen D.; Tooman, Kimberly A.; and Veglio, Ramon L., "A Systems Engineering Approach to Integrated Structural Health Monitoring For Aging Aircraft" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3527.