What are wing bend tests and how are they performed?
Boom’s mechanical engineer, Nate Hepler, explains what it takes to test the limits of a wing structure.
Before any aircraft can be approved for flight, it must first go through rigorous testing on the ground. For commercial airliners, this process includes everything from wing bend and structure temperature tests, to engine ingestion, windshield impact, and even lightning tests.
While Boom’s supersonic demonstrator, XB-1, will not fly passengers, it’s still critical the aircraft pass many of the same tests with flying colors. In early March, the team successfully completed one of the largest test milestones: wing bend, or static load, testing.
The project, led by mechanical engineer Nate Hepler, involved three days of simulation, testing, monitoring, and evaluation.
By simulating the most extreme flight conditions imaginable, the team validated the wing design and officially approved the structure as safe for flight.
Here’s how it went:
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