Verification of Coldworking and Interference Levels at Fastener Holes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-3429
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-241-2232
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-241
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY CORP.
10737 Lexington Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37932
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030664510
Principal Investigator:
Beth Matlock
Senior Materials Engineer
(865) 966-5856
Beth.Matlock@tec-usa.com
Business Contact:
V. Bailey
Vice President
(865) 966-5856
Carol.Bailey@tec-usa.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The residual stresses that result from coldworking a hole, or using an interference-fit fastener, can significantly increase the life of a structure subjected to fatigue loading. Manufacturing practices cause variability in the effectiveness of cold-worked holes and interference-fit fasteners. Furthermore, there currently are no 100% inspection techniques that can be used in situ on aircraft. Thus, the beneficial effects of resultant residual stresses are not accounted for in the structural analysis used for aircraft inspection intervals. TEC proposes to use advanced x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques and instrumentation to measure residual stresses at and around cold-worked holes and interference-fit fasteners. Measurements parameters will be developed to subsequently allow quick in situ inspections of aircraft. Validation of the parameters will be performed on standard samples with cold-worked holes. Residual stress data will be reviewed by VEXTEC to propose a life prediction methodology. A conceptualization of a health assessment system will be prepared. Development of the health assessment system would occur in a phase II activity.

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