Confidence in airframe structure integrity must never be compromised, particularly where the structure is safety critical. There are, however, increasing pressures, cost being one of the most significant, to reduce or eliminate customized testing of airframes. Certification of airframes by analysis is, therefore, desirable. The question to be answered is ‐ is it possible? Provides an overview of five years’ work in producing a methodology and best practice for structural analysis, which provides a concrete procedure for answering this question.
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