MERC Develops MH-60S Finite Element Model (FEM) and 3-D Viewer

WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (October 30, 2015)  MERC recently completed the development of a global MH-60S finite element model (FEM) and web-based crack history database in partnership with Technical Data Analysis, Inc (TDA).

The FEM was first modified to incorporate retrofit Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) and drawings obtained by NAVAIR since the creation of the original model. The finite element model was then modified at locations corresponding to strain gage installations in instrumented flight tests previously performed by NAVAIR and correlated to five load cases from those flight tests.

A 3-D viewer for damage records was also added to improve the collection of engineering quality data to manage the fleet.

MH-60S Global Finite Element Model

MH-60S Global Finite Element Model


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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