Applying 50-years of aircraft experience to solve future problems

Start time: 6.00pm AEDT. In this presentation, Dr Hart-Smith will share his experience in solving production problems for numerous organisations worldwide.
Applying 50-years of aircraft experience to solve future problems

 

This lecture is the 2021 International Eminent Speaker Program event of the Joint Board for Aerospace Engineering

In this presentation, Dr Hart-Smith will share his experience in solving production problems for numerous organisations worldwide.

Computers can provide answers quickly when developing new technologies. Yet, the underlying limitations of a programme/model can be dangerous when applied incorrectly.

Two of Dr Hart-Smith's production solutions led to the development of low-cost structures with zero defects during the production run. One of his novel design ideas saved $500,000 on each C-17. The most important lessons learned, illustrated by specific cases, will be presented in the hope that others can benefit from them in the future.

This is a rare opportunity to gain insight into Dr Hart Smith's extensive professional learning from working on aircraft factories globally, where he engaged with the world's leading experts on all aspects of aircraft structures. 

 

About the speaker

Dr Hart-Smith headshot

Dr Leonard John Hart-Smith
Retired from Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, USA

Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow

Born and educated in Australia, Dr Hart-Smith worked for 40 years as a Structures Engineer at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, USA. He is most well-known as a world expert on adhesively bonded joints and riveted and bolted joints in large transport aircraft and as a fibre/polymer composites expert.

Dr Hart-Smith has extensive hands-on experience solving production problems, particularly with composite and bonded structures inside McDonnell Douglas and aircraft companies worldwide. His final project in Boeing Renton was MIST riveted aluminium fuselage barrel, responsible for lap splices and frame/stringer intersections. The fuselage barrel design demonstrated effectively infinite crack-free fatigue life in full-scale tests, dramatically improving damage tolerance.

Dr Hart Smith worked with SAAB Linkoping to explain and cure a bonding problem at Fairchild during the initial production of what was then the SF340 commuter transport. With his novel bonding tool, SAAB produced over 2000 bonded/stiffened wing skins without a single bond defect over ten years, costing only 10 per cent of the baseline.

 

Hosted by: Engineers Australia and the Royal Aeronautical Society Australia Division

Date:
20 / 10 / 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Registration Closes
20 / 10 / 2021 07:00 pm
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