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    Aircraft Structural Integrity Assessment through Computational Intelligence Techniques

    RamanaM. Pidaparti1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 131-148, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.131
    Abstract This paper provides an overview of the computational intelligence methods developed for the structural integrity assessment of aging aircraft structures. Computational intelligence techniques reviewed include artificial neural networks, inverse neural network mapping, wavelet based image processing methods, genetic algorithms, spectral element methods, and particle swarm optimization. Multi-site damage, corrosion, and corrosion-fatigue damage in aging aircraft is specifically discussed. Results obtained from selected computational intelligence methods are presented and compared to the existing alternate solutions and experimental data. The results presented illustrate the applicability of computational intelligence methods for assessing the structural integrity of aging aircraft structures and materials. More >

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    On Fatigue Damage Computation in Random Loadings with Threshold Level and Mean Value Influence

    D. Benasciutti1, R. Tovo1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 149-164, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.149
    Abstract The probability density functions used to characterize the distribution of fatigue cycles in random loads are usually defined over an infinite domain. This means that they give a non-zero probability to count cycles with an infinitely large peak or valley, which however seems of less physical sense. Moreover, practically all the methods existing in the literature completely neglect the negative effect on fatigue strength produced by fatigue cycles with positive mean values. With theses premises, this work tries to further extending the probabilistic theory used by the frequency-domain methods by addressing to distinct problems. First, it tries to include in… More >

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    From Damage to Crack: A B.E. Approach

    V. Mallardo, C. Alessandri1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 165-176, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.165
    Abstract The formation of cracks and their propagation in brittle materials has been intensively studied in the last years. The main difficulty is related to the theoretical and numerical possibility to follow the development of regions of highly localised strains. The nonlinear phenomenon is physically different from the one which occurs in ductile materials: it starts with a narrow fracture process zone containing a large number of distributed microcracks which could lead to the formation of macrocracks and eventually to rupture. In the present paper, a simple nonlocal damage model is coupled to the crack analysis in order to describe the… More >

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    An Alternative BEM for Fracture Mechanics

    G. Davì1, A. Milazzo1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 177-182, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.177
    Abstract An alternative single domain boundary element formulation and its numerical implementation are presented for the analysis of two-dimensional cracked bodies. The problem is formulated employing the classical displacement boundary integral representation and a novel integral equation based on the stress or Airy's function. This integral equation written on the crack provides the relations needed to determine the problem solution in the framework of linear elastic fracture mechanics. Results are presented for typical problems in terms of stress intensity factors and they show the accuracy and efficiency of the approach. More >

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    Advanced Design Concepts and Maintenance by Integrated Risk Evaluation for Aerostructures

    R. Citarella1, A. Apicella2
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.3, pp. 183-196, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.183
    Abstract This paper presents an overview of the achievements of a research and development project sponsored by the European Commission in the general area of Key Actions and New Perspectives in Aeronautics. The project was coordinated by Alenia and involved partners from major European Aircraft and Helicopter manufactures as well as research institutions and universities. The project was in support of EU policies on energy and environment, in addition to those on transport, economic and social cohesion, industry and, of course, research and technology.
    The overall objective of Advanced Design concepts and Maintenance by Integrated risk Evaluation for aerostructures (ADMIRE) was… More >

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