Extending the Fatigue Life of Aircraft Engine Components by Hole Cold Expansion Technology

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A. C. Rufin

Fatigue Technology Inc., Seattle, WA 98188

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 115(1), 165-171 (Jan 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906672 History: Received February 04, 1992; Online April 24, 2008


The split-sleeve cold expansion process has been used successfully for over 20 years to extend the fatigue life of holes in aircraft structures. Cold expansion technology can also be applied to enhance engine low-cycle fatigue (LCF) performance in both production and repair applications. Specific test data are presented showing that fatigue life extension can be attained by cold expansion of holes in a wide range of situations (including nonround hole geometries and low edge margins), and in components subjected to high operating temperatures. A cold expanded bushing system is compared to standard shrink-fit bushing installations. Finally, two case studies are used to illustrate the application of cold expansion to full-scale engine components.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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