Large Commercial Aircraft Loading Spectra: Overview and State of the Art

    Published: Jan 2005

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    The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of an Airbus' approach regarding fatigue spectra for large commercial aircraft. An accurate load representation is essential to the modern aircraft fatigue optimization process. The effort to develop spectra must be consistent with the efforts made to optimize materials and geometries. The main characteristics of large commercial aircraft spectra, both for prediction and testing, are presented. Recent advances are specifically highlighted.


    aircraft, load spectrum, structural analysis, fatigue, damage tolerance

    Author Information:

    Divenah, LL
    Damage Tolerance Engineers, ESAD, Toulouse,

    Beaufils, JY
    Damage Tolerance Engineers, ESAD, Toulouse,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP11302S

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