The Air Force Research Laboratory has collaborated withÂ theÂ Mercer Engineering Research Center, United Western TechnologiesÂ and the Southwest Research InstituteÂ to develop a remote access tool for aircraft field maintainers.
TheÂ Surgical Nondestructive Evaluation tool is designed to help maintainers determine serious aircraft structural problemsÂ may requireÂ attention during a scheduled depot maintenance, the Air Force said June 29.
AFRL and its partners are working with the service branch’sÂ C-130 Maintenance Requirements Supportability Process office to deployÂ the technologyÂ to the Air Force Special Operations Command’s field bases.
Charles Buynak, AFRLÂ materials and manufacturing directorate research engineer, said he believes the use of the SuNDE technologyÂ can help depot personnelÂ plan maintenance activities in advance.
The tool works toÂ validateÂ visual damage indications to facilitateÂ pre-positioning of aircraft replacement parts and components before a programmed depot maintenance, the service branch noted.