On the basis of well-known literature, an analytical tool named LEAF (Linear Elastic Analysis of Fracture) was developed by the authors to predict the Damage Tolerance (DT) proprieties of aeronautical stiffened panels. The tool is based on the linear elastic fracture mechanics and the displacement compatibility method. By means of LEAF, an extensive parametric analysis of stiffened panels, representative of typical aeronautical constructions, was performed to provide meaningful design guidelines. The effects of riveted, integral and adhesively bonded stringers on the fatigue crack propagation performances of stiffened panels were investigated as well as the crack retarder contribution of metallic straps (named doublers) bonded in the middle of the stringers bays. The effect of both perfectly bonded and partially debonded doublers was investigated as well. Adhesively bonded stiffeners showed the best DT properties in in comparison with riveted and integral ones. A great reduction of the skin crack growth propagation rate can be achieved with the adoption of additional doublers bonded between the stringers.

Parametric damage tolerant design of advanced aeronautical stffened panels by means of LEAF analytical tool

MOLINARI, GIANLUCA;MENEGHIN, IVAN;MELEGA, MARCO;TROIANI, ENRICO
2010

Abstract

On the basis of well-known literature, an analytical tool named LEAF (Linear Elastic Analysis of Fracture) was developed by the authors to predict the Damage Tolerance (DT) proprieties of aeronautical stiffened panels. The tool is based on the linear elastic fracture mechanics and the displacement compatibility method. By means of LEAF, an extensive parametric analysis of stiffened panels, representative of typical aeronautical constructions, was performed to provide meaningful design guidelines. The effects of riveted, integral and adhesively bonded stringers on the fatigue crack propagation performances of stiffened panels were investigated as well as the crack retarder contribution of metallic straps (named doublers) bonded in the middle of the stringers bays. The effect of both perfectly bonded and partially debonded doublers was investigated as well. Adhesively bonded stiffeners showed the best DT properties in in comparison with riveted and integral ones. A great reduction of the skin crack growth propagation rate can be achieved with the adoption of additional doublers bonded between the stringers.
Proceedings of the 2nd Aircraft Structural Conference
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G.Molinari; I.Meneghin; M.Melega; E.Troiani
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