Development Inspection and Fractographic Analysis to Develop a Digital Twin for a B1 Aircraft

The Armed Forces are partnering with industry and academia to develop and validate a process to create detailed digital twins when much of the necessary technical data is missing. Using the B-1 as a surrogate to achieve this will provide the military with “non-proprietary government-owned” models and methods that can be used to evaluate damage or changes to the aircraft usage in order to repair, modify the design, modify structural inspection intervals or even reevaluate the design life of the asset, with the end result being an environment that provides the best possible aircraft sustainment and fleet readiness. This project can serve as a pilot program for the development and validation of a digital twin strategy required to support aircraft that are in a similar data situation as the B-1.

To learn more about this project contact Debbie Lilu at debral@ncms.org or call 734-262-0758. We encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).