Accession Number : AD0766744

Title :   Manufacturing Methods Technology (MM/T) for Ballistic-Tolerant Flight Control Components.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. Jun 71-Jan 73,

Corporate Author : WHITTAKER CORP SAN DIEGO CALIF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Van Auken,R. L.

Report Date : MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 85

Abstract : The objective of this program was to develop manufacturing methods and tech-nology for producing FRP, ballistic-tolerant flight control components with a high degree of reliability while utilizing low-cost fabrication techniques. This was achieved through development of component designs to obtain simpli-city and ease of manufacture. Maximum use was made of commercially available, finished material forms which required a minimum of additional processing. Matched die molding processes were developed which allowed rapid manufacture of parts to final net dimensions. Assembly techniques were developed which utilized adhesive bonding in precision fixtures and allowed a high degree of reproducibility and reliability of the finished component. Eight complete sets of components, consisting of a connecting link, an idler arm, and two bell cranks, were prepared for an extensive, verification testing program which included mechanical, environmental, and ballistic impact testing. Material, process, fabrication, and quality control specifications were prepared. (Author-PL)

Descriptors :   (*FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, *MANUFACTURING), (*HELICOPTERS, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS), GLASS TEXTILES, REINFORCED PLASTICS, MOLDINGS, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, DIES, ASSEMBLY, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Refractory Fibers
      Laminates and Composite Materials
      Plastics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE