Northrop Grumman has won a $20 million contract to develop models and tools to help the U.S. Air Force prevent structural fatigue problems in military aircraft, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Thursday.
The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the contract to Northrop’s aerospace systems segment under the Airframe Digital Twin Spiral 1 program, according to the article.
Northrop will formulate and demonstrate a method to determine the risk of airframe cracks and deploy preventive maintenance strategies to thwart cracking in metal airframes, the report added.
Military & Aerospace Electronics reports the Air Force also intends for the company to integrate probabilistic analytical tools, flight load simulation technology and structural damage detector into the branch’s aircraft tracking system.
Work will occur in Redondo Beach, Calif., and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Northrop is slated to complete the project in early 2020.