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Fatigue Performance and Structural Integrity Assessment of Bonded Aviation Repairs

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FAA’s Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research
Photo Credit: Laurie Zaleski and Michael Gross

The FAA's Full-Scale Aircraft Structural Test Evaluation and Research (FASTER) facility is a state-of-the-art laboratory that performs structural testing of current and next generation airframe fuselage structures. The facility is used in partnership with other organizations, including NASA and Boeing, to address areas of safety and structural integrity. Data from the test efforts is used to calibrate and verify methods to evaluate fatigue damage and residual strength. Recent and future efforts focus on assessing bonded repair and emerging metallic structure technologies.

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