What's ICAF?

The International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity (ICAF) is the leading international conference on all aspects of aerpnautical fatigue and structural integrity. It attracts leaders from the entire aeronautical industry, important research laboratories, military specialists, members of the academia, regulatory agencies, and aircraft operators. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Committee_on_Aeronautical

Welcome to ICAF2017

I am very pleased to hold ICAF2017 in Nagoya, Japan after 26 years from ICAF 1991 in Tokyo. China became an official ICAF member at ICAF2015 in Helsinki. At ICAF2017, two nations, Brazil and Russia, will present their national reviews as candidate nations applying for the membership.

The aims of ICAF are to encourage contacts between people actively engaged in aircraft structural integrity problems and to exchange information, experience, opinions and ideas concerning aeronautical fatigue and fatigue-related subjects. In 2010 the name was changed to the present one in order to clarify that the scope of the committee had broadened over the years and now also includes topics such as damage formation and growth in composite structures, structural health and loads monitoring, probabilistic modeling of structural integrity, corrosion control, etc.

Although ICAF2017 conference will follow our tradition of National Reviews presentation, ICAF2017 symposium will feature some new efforts to promote more participation. Several organized sessions will be prepared including Certification, SHM and Material Innovation. Young researchers sessions and interactive poster sessions are also planned.

All the papers related to aeronautical fatigue and structural integrity are welcome, but the following session topics are emphasized:

  1. Advanced analytical, numerical and experimental methods
  2. Widespread fatigue damage
  3. Three-day Symposium with a Plantema Lecture, an ICAF2017 Lecture, Jaap Schijve Award Lecture, Young Researchers sessions and interactive poster sessions
  4. Engine integrity
  5. Adhesively bonded repairs / reinforcements
  6. Residual stress engineering
  7. Composite materials development of innovative structural concepts
  8. Materials Innovations for Aircraft
  9. Airworthiness regulations and substantiation methodology development
  10. Fleet monitoring
  11. Non-destructive inspection (NDI) development and implementation
  12. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and their implementation
  13. Full scale fatigue tests and management of aging fleets
  14. Digital twins
  15. Probabilistic modelling and risk analysis of structural integrity
  16. Corrosion and environmental control (management of aging fleets)

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Nagoya, Japan.

Nobuo Takeda

ICAF2017 Chairman