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Advancing a number of technologies to help sustain the F-15 fleet

By Pamela Gregg, Communication Administrator

The University of Dayton Research Institute has been awarded a $28.5 million Air Force Life Cycle Management Center contract for F-15 sustainment engineering studies. This award provides for research and development in systems and structural engineering, fatigue analysis, structural maintenance, quick reaction engineering, reliability and maintainability analysis and structural integrity capability development and sustainment for the F-15, which first flew nearly 50 years ago.

Principal investigator Tony Bergman in UDRI's Applied Mechanics division said the areas of work covered by the scope of the program include engineering, research, development, fundamental scientific studies and operational applications in support of developing and transitioning emerging technologies to the F-15 fleet. “We are working to support the Air Force in its goal to identify and address issues impacting reliability and maintainability, increasing its ability to effectively and efficiently sustain its fleet while reducing cost and increasing aircraft availability,” Bergman said.

Tony said much of the work in structures and systems will take place at Robins Air Force Base, while work other elements of the contract will take place in Dayton. Learn more about our capabilities in system and sustainment engineering.

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