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Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 584-591

2099 Aluminum-Lithium with Key-Locked Inserts for Aerospace Applications

  • H. BabelAffiliated withThe Boeing Compay
  • , J. GibsonAffiliated withThe Boeing Compay
  • , M. TarkanianAffiliated withThe Boeing Compay
  • , C. ParrishAffiliated withThe Boeing Compay
  • , M. PriettoAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
  • , A. Ordonez-ChuAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
  • , H. HaberlAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
  • , J. KabischAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
  • , R. ClarkAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
    • , J. OgrenAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University
    • , O.S. Es SaidAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Loyola Marymount University Email author 

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the acceptability of nonpenetrating, key-locked inserts in 2099 aluminum-lithium. The tests conducted to make this assessment were: (1) microscopic examination for thread damage and delaminations after key installation, (2) pull-out load at 21 °C (70 °F) and −179 °C (−290 °F), and (3) mechanical cycling tests at room temperature and −179 °C (−290 °F). The test results indicated that for the three sizes evaluated, key-locked inserts in 2099-T6 and 2099-T8 were acceptable and although delaminations did occur on some T6 temper specimens, it was only as a failure mode at ultimate load and such behavior was judged to be acceptable.

Keywords

2099 aluminum-lithium 2099-T6 and T8 tempers key-locked inserts