Accession Number : ADA288348

Title :   Development of Repair Processes and Sources for C/KC-135 Aircraft Windows/Windshields.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Sep 91-31 Jan 94,

Corporate Author : BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OH

Personal Author(s) : Olson, Richard J.

PDF Url : ADA288348

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 521

Abstract : The U.S. Air Force has historically rejected the notion of using repaired windows/windshields (W/WS). With increasing pressure to reduce fleet operating costs and based on the favorable experience that commercial fleets have had, interest in using repaired W/WS is receiving greater attention. To ensure that repaired W/WS are safe and that they provide similar benefits for the Air Force, a program of evaluation and testing was undertaken to compare new and repaired C/KC-135 W/WS. Optical and electrical properties, pressure integrity, and bird impact resistance of repaired and new W/WS have been evaluated. The bird impact test results are the first data that the Air Force has collected for C/KC-135 W/WS. The functional testing indicated that repaired W/WS are not equal to new W/WS; the new W/WS outperform the repaired W/WS. In terms of removal for cause criteria and absolute performance requirements, however, the repaired W/WS appear to be good enough.' Concerning costs, the direct costs for repair of the W/WS in this program ranged from 65-75% of new W/WS cost, suggesting that money can be saved.

Descriptors :   *WINDOWS, *WINDSHIELDS, *TANKER AIRCRAFT, TEST AND EVALUATION, REQUIREMENTS, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, AIR FORCE, REMOVAL, COMPARISON, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), IMPACT TESTS, ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES, IMPACT STRENGTH, REPAIR, BIRD STRIKES, PRESSURE, SHOCK RESISTANCE, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE TESTS.

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE