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Handbook for Damage Tolerant Design

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      • 1. Introduction
        • 0. Introduction
        • 1. Historical Perspective on Structural Integrity in the USAF
        • 2. Overview of MIL-HDBK-1530 ASIP Guidance
        • 3. Summary of Damage Tolerance Design Guidelines
          • 0. Summary of Damage Tolerance Design Guidelines
          • 1. Summary of Guidelines
          • 2. Design Category
          • 3. Inspection Categories and Inspection Intervals
          • 4. Initial Damage Assumptions
          • 5. Residual Strength Guidelines
          • 6. Required Periods Of Safe Damage Growth
          • 7. Illustrative Example Of Guidelines
            • 0. Illustrative Example Of Guidelines
            • 1. Slow Crack Growth Structure
            • 2. Fail Safe Structure
              • 0. Fail Safe Structure
              • 1. In-Service Inspection Consideration
              • 2. Initial Flaw Considerations
              • 3. In-Service Flaw Assumptions Following Inspection
              • 4. Adjacent Structure Damage Following the Failure of the Major Load Path
              • 5. Analysis of Intact Structure–Residual Strength Guidelines and Damage Growth Limits
              • 6. Analysis of Intact Structure (Alternate Requirement)
              • 7. Discussion of Intact Structure Analysis
              • 8. Analysis of Remaining Structure Subsequent to Load Path Failure
              • 9. Derivation of Residual Strength Load
              • 10. Incremental Damage Growth Da
              • 11. Alternative-Analysis of Remaining Structure Subsequent to Load Path Failure
              • 12. Summary and Comments
        • 4. Sustainment/Aging Aircraft
        • 5. References
      • 2. Fundamentals of Damage Tolerance
      • 3. Damage Size Characterizations
      • 4. Residual Strength
      • 5. Analysis Of Damage Growth
      • 6. Examples of Damage Tolerant Analyses
      • 7. Damage Tolerance Testing
      • 8. Force Management and Sustainment Engineering
      • 9. Structural Repairs
      • 10. Guidelines for Damage Tolerance Design and Fracture Control Planning
      • 11. Summary of Stress Intensity Factor Information
    • Examples

Section 1.3.7.2.1. In-Service Inspection Consideration

Since the design is intended to satisfy the Fail Safe Multiple Load Path category, an in-service inspection plan is required.  It is assumed that the lower surface will be periodically inspected in the field by a walk-around-visual-type examination, generally unaided.  The frequency of these inspections is approximately every ten flights.  In addition, the structure will undergo a depot level inspection at approximately ¼ design lifetime intervals of every 10,000 hours.  During manufacture, inspections by conventional methods will be conducted and a fracture control program will be instituted.