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Techniques for Damage Tolerance and Structural Integrity of Composite Structures

Structural Technology

Experimental Techniques for Structural Mechanics

  1. Hamid Razi1,
  2. Damodar R. Ambur2

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686652.eae184

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

How to Cite

Razi, H. and Ambur, D. R. 2010. Techniques for Damage Tolerance and Structural Integrity of Composite Structures. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Boeing Commercial Structures Technology, Everett, WA, USA

  2. 2

    Ground Facilities and Testing Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


This section discusses the importance of damage tolerance and how different damage conditions are addressed in the structural design process to assure structural integrity and safety of composite aircraft structures. The regulatory requirements from the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and Joint Aviation Regulations (JAR) for damage-tolerant design of aircraft structures are presented. Analysis and testing methods used for validation and certification are also summarized.


  • analysis methods;
  • certification;
  • composites;
  • damage tolerance;
  • failure modes;
  • residual strength;
  • structural integrity;
  • testing