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Advances in Mechanical Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 326971, 6 pages
Research Article

Life Assessment and Life Extension of an Aircraft Wheel

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran 1999143344, Iran

Received 17 June 2012; Revised 20 September 2012; Accepted 21 September 2012

Academic Editor: Hyung Hee Cho

Copyright © 2012 M. Aghaie-Khafri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of heat treatment and shot peening on the fatigue life of an aluminum aircraft wheel was studied. The effect of residual stress and heat treatment on the fatigue of specimens was studied by means of fatigue testing, residual stress measurement, and fractography. Finite element simulation was used for life assessment and evaluation of the effect of surface treatments on the life extension of the aircraft wheel. The results obtained show that the operational life of the aircraft wheel extended by imposed compressive residual stress and aging treatment.