Accession Number : ADA325979

Title :   Application of Automated NDE Data Evaluation to Missile and Aircraft Systems.

Descriptive Note : Technical paper,

Corporate Author : PHILLIPS LAB EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Hildreth, Joseph H.

PDF Url : ADA325979

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : As part of the Advanced Launch System technology development effort begun in 1989, the Air Force initialized a program to automate, to the extent possible, the processing of NDE of NDE data from the inspection of solid rocket motors during fabrication. The computerized system, called the Automated NDE Data Evaluation System or ANDES, was developed under contract to Martin Marietta. The generic ANDES system has been tailored to support inspection tasks at two Air Logistic Centers in the Air Force. These centers are the Ogden Air Logistic Center at Hill AFB, UT and the San Antonio Air Logistic Center in San Antonio, TX,. The ANDES system can be configured to process digital or digitized NDE data from any source. The system will analyze the data for anomalies, and make a recommendation on the serviceability pf the component containing the anomalies based on established criteria. The ANDES system at Hill AFB is configured to process X-ray computed tomography (CT) images in support of the surveillance activities on the Minuteman III third stage solid rocket motors. The system functions as a supplement to the visual image analysis effort and as an automated report generation and electronic report storage device. The ANDES system installed at Kelly AFB also processes CT images. The components which are supported are the oil scavenge assembly from the F-1000 aircraft engine, the yoke pivot block casting for T-38 aircraft, and the torpedo housing casting Kelly AFB inspects for the NAVY The ANDES system screens the casting data images for void content and cracks and a braised joint on the oil scavenge tube for leak paths and total wetted area. This paper presents the development history, the system design issues, the system hardware and software architectures employed at both Hill AFB and Kelly AFB, and a brief description of the performance of the operational systems.

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILES, *AIRCRAFT, *NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, IMAGE PROCESSING, AIR FORCE, TORPEDOES, AUTOMATION, DATA MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, CRACKS, REPORTS, PATHS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, OPTICAL IMAGES, X RAYS, VOIDS, WETTING, HISTORY, INSPECTION, LOGISTICS, CASTING, VISION, TOMOGRAPHY, STORAGE, SURVEILLANCE, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), SOLID ROCKET PROPELLANTS, PIVOTS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE