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S8C19 - DSTO MELBOURNE, AIR VEHICLES DIVISION AIRCRAFT FORENSIC ENGINEERING

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INTRODUCTION

CAPABILITIES OF THE AFE

PROCEDURE FOR PLACING TASKS ON THE AFE

INTRODUCTION

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:

  1. investigation and failure analysis of metal components
  2. investigation and failure analysis of non-metal components
  3. investigation and failure analysis of electrical components
  4. chemical investigations of contaminated equipment
  5. evaluation of fire damaged components
  6. strength of material investigations
  7. scientific investigation and technical advice in support of materials and process engineering problems
  8. scientific investigation and technical advice for the development and qualification of maintenance standards and processes covering materials and processes
  9. qualification of materials, processes and components
  10. specification conformance or check testing
  11. Liquid Dry Breathing Oxygen (LDBO) testing
  12. investigation of fuel/oil contaminants
  13. wear debris analysis in contaminated systems.

    NOTE

    For inspections of heat treatment furnace facilities refer to ADF Logistic Manager.

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:

  1. Ensure the engineering staff of the responsible SPO are advised of and concur with the tasks to be placed with the AFE.
  2. Upon engineering staff concurrence, contact the AFE Task Manager on telephone, (03) 9626 7532, facsimile, (03) 9626 7089 to seek approval for the tasking required.
  3. Upon AFE approval, organisations must forward items with separate dispatch advice and full details of the work required to:

    Central Store
    AFE Task Manager
    Air Vehicles Division
    506 Lorimer Street
    FISHERMANS BEND VIC 3207

Annex:

  1. Aircraft Forensic Engineering Technical Investigation Capabilities
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