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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.