Defense Systems Digest - 20 November 2018 / Photo Credit: Holly Jordan/U.S. Air Force Photo

Notable Technical Inquiry

How can an existing infrared marker/crayon technology and production facilities be improved for manufacturability?

DSIAC was asked to assess IR marker/crayon technology in order to improve the product design for manufacturability and production facilities. DSIAC subject matter experts...

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Allan Hill
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (LM MFC), Distinguished Member, Group Technical Staff

I am currently the LM MFC subject matter expert for reliability engineering and supportable low observables as well as the Logistics and Sustainment Engineering Department design assurance expert. I ensure design integrity from a reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) and logistics perspective for all MFC programs, help resolve technical issues, and am currently developing knowledge continuity training for reliability engineers. One of the things I enjoy most is collaborating with our various programs to solve problems and advance the state-of-the-art in reliability engineering.

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Advanced Resins Are Revolutionizing the Way We Repair Aircraft

Aircraft design has progressed rapidly over the last 110 years. The simple wooden planes that were used mostly as scouts in World War I gave way to the riveted metal bombers and fighter planes of World War II. By the 1980s, computer-aided design and manufacturing revolutionized the entire process. Today, innovative new composite materials are replacing steel, titanium, and aluminum in a wide array of aerospace components from access panels to fuselages. Composites have improved strength-to-weight ratios, excellent resistance to corrosion, and the potential for quick and expedient repairs. The current two-component, thermally-accelerated resins used in composite repair add many steps to the repair process that make them inefficient and costly to use on aerospace structures. Switching to an ambient temperature cure, one-part resin can greatly streamline aircraft repairs, saving money and man-hours and significantly increasing weapon system readiness.