Historical Rationale for Design Restrictions on D6AC Steel in U.S. Aerospace Structures


U.S. Air force photo by Gary Emery

U.S. Air force photo by Gary Emery

Posted: June 17, 2019 | Completed: June 17, 2019
What is the reason behind D6AC steel being listed as a restricted material?

DSIAC received a technical inquiry requesting information regarding the field experience that caused D6AC steel to be listed as a restricted material in NAVAIR EC-434-000-003. Materials engineering subject matter experts at the Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. performed literature searches using the DTIC R&E Gateway, open sources, and university libraries to determine that specifically, the F-111 failure of 22 December 1969 was the primary reason that resulted in D6AC steel becoming a restricted material. A response report was compiled and delivered to the inquirer.

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