Aging Aircraft Research Laboratory - Wichita State University - National Institute for Aviation Research

Oil Analysis Lab

Aging Aircraft Lab

Capabilties: Teardown Evaluations

  • Large Section Extraction
  • Detailed Disassembly
  • Chemical Coating Removal
  • Non-Destructive Inspection
    • Close Visual Inspection
    • Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Inspection
    • Magnetic Particle Inspection
    • Bolt Hole Eddy Current Inspection
    • Surface Scan Eddy Current Inspection
    • Magneto Optic Imaging
    • Ultrasonic Inspection
  • Failure Analysis (Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy)
    • Flaw Extent Characterization
    • Crack Failure Mode Determination (Fatigue, Stress Corrosion, Overload, etc.)
    • Corrosion Characterization
    • Conductivity Testing
    • Chemical Composition Determination
    • Hardness Testing
    • Fatigue Crack Growth Rates
  • Process Development

Engineering Evaluations
  • Stress
  • Damage Tolerance
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Repair Design
Representative Projects
  • Airworthiness Evaluation of Aging Small Airplanes
  • Teardown Evaluation of Two T-34 Wings
  • B-52 Assemblies Teardown and Inspection
  • Aging of Composite Aircraft Structures: Decommissioned Boeing 737 Tail
  • Teardown and Inspection of F-16 Static Test Article
  • C-5A Component Disassembly and Inspection
  • B-52 Wing Structural Teardown and Inspection
  • Raytheon Starship Teardown and Inspection

Facilities & Equipment

  • 21-cubic ft. dry blast paint stripping booth for removal of organic coatings
  • Magnaflux L-10 coil
  • Parker Research AC/DC yoke
  • Liquid penetrant inspection system
  • Magneto optic imaging (MOI) system
  • Staveley workstation
  • Nortec 2000S eddy scope
  • Sonic 1200 ultrasonic unit
  • Meiji Inc 7-45x optical microscope
  • Hirox Co. 50-300x optical microscope
  • Rene Co. digital optical micromete
  • Joel scanning electron microscope
  • Chemical coating removal facility

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Melinda Laubach-Hock, Ph.D.


Wichita State University
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