The Limitations of Crack Detection with respect to an Aircraft Brake System Piston Rod - A Case Study by Judy Turnbull

25/07/17

Judy Turnbull from Bureau Veritas' materials testing team is attending The 8th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE 2017) this week to present "A Case Study in the Limitations of Crack Detection with respect to an Aircraft Brake System Piston Rod".

In 2016, Judy completed a metallurgical investigation on some piston rods from lead-in aircrafts for BAE on behalf of the RAAF. Cracking was identified in these items, which could only be confirmed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as conventional non-destructive testing results were inconclusive. This report was subsequently brought to the attention of both the international manufacturer of the piston rods and the British Air Force (RAF) due to the potential to ground affected aircraft. Earlier this year, Judy also presented her findings at the Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC) which was held in Melbourne.

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