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A10 ASIP Digital Capture of Corrosion Data Tactical Advantages Lessons Learned and Future Plans
Corrosion is one of the most elusive to understand problems facing the aircraft world. The cost of prevention and maintenance reaches into the billions each year. As one of the leaders in using digital twins to manage the fleet, the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) has been developing the ability to capture data specific to corrosion during scheduled inspections. This digital capture of damage has now been extended to the paint condition of the Outer Mold Line (OML) during the AC wash cycles in the field. With this data, the ASIP office is seeking to find whether there is a correlation between the OML paint condition and corrosion damage found on the aircraft. This new data source allows for information on aircraft, by serial number, multiple times annually. The end goal is to try and develop a way to predict the level of corrosion at any given time between depot maintenance inspections. This briefing will illustrate the following: -Using NLign/NCheck to focus on collecting data in corrosion hot spots and the required maintenance for repair to predict timeframes for corrosion growth -Historical demonstration of the effectiveness of the new system and hardware; the use of NCheck at the field level with Surface Pro -Prognostic capability to better judge the health of the fleet and predict corrosion growth -Tactical data usage for extension waivers for depot corrosion maintenance -Lessons learned from fielding a digital capture system and the stakeholders’ point of view on using the system in the field: tech-refresh, IT challenges -Repeat damage drives updated technical order repairs, but how can the data of the damage be captured when maintenance is striving for efficiency?