NetComposites Ltd has transferred the rights and ownership of this website to Gardner Business Media Inc.
On 1st January 2020, NetComposites' media assets including netcomposites.com, newsletters and conferences were transferred to Composites World (Gardner Business Media).
This site is no longer being updated. Please direct all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details see our joint press release.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team has successfully completed structural-coupling testing and moved on to the next scheduled series of ground tests.
The testing concluded on April 2 and measured the aircraft’s structural response to specific flight-control movements. “”Flight controls can move very rapidly and generate very large forces that must be passed through the aircraft structure; for every action there is a reaction,”” said Doug Pearson, Lockheed Martin vice president of the F-35 Integrated Test Force. “”Therefore, we need to know exactly how the aircraft structure reacts to a given dynamic flight-control input.””
During structural-coupling testing, a wide range of specific flight-control movements are initiated using the on-board aircraft flight-control system. Based on the data collected during the testing, engineers can tune the flight-control system to eliminate responses that could potentially damage the aircraft’s composite structure.
“”All of the test results were within the expected range – an excellent indication we thoroughly understand the flight-control system and the aircraft’s structural response to flight-control inputs,”” said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and JSF program general manager.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. The F-35’s first flight is planned for this autumn.
For more information visit: