Wing Panel Design with Novel Skin-Buckling Containment Features

G. Houston, D. Quinn, A. Murphy, F. Bron

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The impact of buckling containment features on the stability of thin-gauge fuselage, metallic stiffened panels has previously been demonstrated. With the continuing developments in manufacturing technology, such as welding, extrusion, machining, and additive layer manufacture, understanding the benefits of additional panel design features on heavier applications, such as wing panels, is timely. This compression testing of thick-gauge panels with and without buckling containment features has been undertaken to verify buckling and collapse behaviors and validate sizing methods. The experimental results demonstrated individual panel mass savings on the order of 9%, and wing cover design studies demonstrated mass savings on the order of 4 to 13%, dependent on aircraft size and material choice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-426
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number2
Early online date13 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Buckling
  • Wing Design
  • Metallic material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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