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Aerospace NDT Part 1: Introduction to Structure, Design, and Inspection Considerations for Aerospace Vehicles

The following article is the first of a two-part series on nondestructive testing (NDT) for the aerospace industry. These articles have been excerpted from Aerospace NDT, an ASNT Industry Handbook (2014). Part 1 is a brief introduction to structure, design, and material selection considerations for aerospace structure taken from the chapter written by Joe Gabris. Because of the serious consequences of a failure in aircraft and aerospace systems (loss of human life and/or significant cost), NDT plays a significant role in the design and material selection decisions that must be made.


ASNT, 1959, Nondestructive Testing Handbook, ed. R. McMaster, first edition, 2 vols., Ronald Press, New York, NY, reprinted by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Columbus, OH.

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