“Successful completion of the wingbox destruction test marks a major step forward in highlighting the innovation on the 787,” says Mark Jenks, VP of 787 development. “In addition to determining the strength of the structure, the test helps us verify the analytical methods we have used to calculate the loads the structure will have to carry.”
Structural testing will continue on two full-scale 787 airframes as part of the certification process. Those tests will gauge the performance of the structure through multiple lifetimes of normal operational loads and will test the structure beyond the weights that are expected to be carried in service.
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The project’s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30 percent for composite aircraft.