MERC Engineer Presents Project at ASIP 2017 Conference

Jacksonville, FL (27-30 November 2017)  Engineers from MERC’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Directorate attended the 2017 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Conference in Jacksonville, FL. 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.

Mr. Chad deMontfort, MERC Aerospace Engineer, presented an ongoing project, “Aircraft Component Remaining Useful Life Evaluator (ACRULE)” for the US Army’s UH-60M Black Hawk fleet.  This web-based tool provides the Army with component life information based on the actual usage of each individual tail number.

A UH-60M finite element model was developed to support airframe component damage calculations and algorithms applied to data from the onboard Health and Usage Monitoring System to calculate airframe and dynamic component damage resulting in decreased maintenance burden and cost.


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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