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S8C19 - DSTO MELBOURNE, AIR VEHICLES DIVISION AIRCRAFT FORENSIC ENGINEERING
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1. The Air Vehicles Division within the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) operates the Aircraft Forensic Engineering (AFE) section. AFE provides the ADF with Forensic Engineering analysis of fractures, failures, and corrosion in ADF metallic and composite structural components, systems, aging aircraft wiring, non-destructive testing and evaluation, identification of component and system problems, identification of materials and processing problems, oxygen system hazard analysis, and specialist testing of equipment.
2. This chapter outlines the capabilities of AFE and the procedures for placing a task on the facility.
CAPABILITIES OF THE AFE
3. The AFE provides investigative technical support in day to day problems with repair, operation, maintenance and manufacture of ADF aircraft and aeronautical product. The emphasis is on finding practical solutions to problems encountered when using this equipment under a range of conditions unique to Australia. The key objective of the AFE must provide a quick response to all requests for technical assistance.
4. The areas of general and specific capability at the AFE are:
5. The AFE can also provide specialist scientific assistance for aircraft accident investigations involving mechanical and/or fire damage to engine, propeller and airframe aeronautical product.
6. The AFE has close contact with other Defence and Industry laboratories and can often assist AMOs in the case of technical requests involving other fields of technology. This is possible by providing contacts or arranging for other laboratories to complete technical tasks.
7. The technical investigation capabilities provided by the AFE are detailed in Annex A.
PROCEDURE FOR PLACING TASKS ON THE AFE
8. The following steps must be taken by organisations wishing to place tasks on AFE:
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