Client was experiencing premature cracking of jet engine blades from an alternate (cheaper) source. VEXTEC determined the blades were processed incorrectly, resulting in a substandard microstructure. VLM simulations indicated the second source would result in a $15 million cost impact over three years. This made the business case to return to the original supplier pretty obvious.
Client wanted to determine the durability of a weld repaired versus pristine blade. VLM showed the weld repaired blade had the same life as the pristine blade. Using VEXTEC’s VLM reduced testing by 50% and preparation time by for certification application by 70%.
Client wanted to evaluate multiple repair processes. VEXTEC’s VLM evaluated these processes quickly, finding an optimum repair process with greatly reduced prototype testing.