2014 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Conference

WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (December 9, 2014) – Engineers from MERC’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Directorate presented papers during the 2014 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Conference in San Antonio, TX.  The ASIP Conference is specifically designed to bring together world leaders in the area of aircraft structural integrity and to disseminate information on state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft structures in both military and civilian fleets.


HH-60G Flight Loads

Dr. Bob McGinty’s presentation was on “Determination of Flight Loads for the HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter.”  According to Dr. McGinty, prior to implementing several ASIP initiatives to further improve management of the HH-60G fleet, aircraft load information did not accurately reflect the unique structure and mission of the HH-60G combat search and rescue fleet.

Chad deMontfort presented a paper on the “Investigation of C-5 Honeycomb Floor Panel Dent Limits.”  MERC had previously identified dented honeycomb as a high driver of maintenance man-hours and the presentation offered recommendations on safely expanding allowable C-5 cargo aircraft dent limits and their proximity.

Michael Lange’s presentation discussed “Friction Plug Welding of 2024-T-3 Aluminum.”  Friction plug welding (FPW) is a solid phase welding technique in which a round plug of aluminum is rapidly spun, with an applied force, to fill a hole as a solution for aircraft panel fastener hole repair.  MERC is working in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab to develop this innovative aluminum friction plug welding technique.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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