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MMPDS Handbook Memo

MMPDS Handbook Memo

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Published by: Angel Lagraña on Dec 07, 2012
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FederalAviation
Administration
Memorandum
Date:
JUL252006
From:DavidW.Hempe,Manager,AircraftEngineeringDivision,AIR-l00~c.AllDirectorateManagersAllAircraftCertificationOfficeManagersTo:Subject:INFORMATION:PolicyStatementonuseofMetallicMaterialsPropertiesDevelopmentandStandardization(MMPDS)HandbookEffectiveimmediately,theMetallicMaterialPropertiesDevelopmentandStandardization(MMPDS)Handbookisacceptedasthereplacementforthe"DepartmentofDefenseHandbook:MetallicMaterialsandElementsforAerospaceVehicleStructures,"designatedMIL-HDBK-5,whichisnolongerpublished.AsamemberoftheMMPDSgovernmentsteeringgroup(GSG),theFAAhasparticipatedinthemanagementandcontinueddevelopmentofMIL-HDBK-5,nowknownasMMPDS.InApril2003,thelastversionofMIL-HDBK-5(RevisionJ)waspublishedinconjunctionwiththefirsteditionofMMPDS(Revision01).Bothhandbooksaretechnicallyequivalent.Therefore,theU.S.AirForcehascancelledMIL-HDBK-5J,referringuserstothelatestversionoftheMMPDS.Thelatestversion,MMPDS-02wasreleasedinSeptember2005.Since,MMPDShasfullyreplacedMIL-HDBK-5,theFAAwillnowacceptMMPDSasanapprovedsourcefordesignallowablepropertiesformetallicmaterialsandfastenedjointsystems.TheHandbookhasbeenafundamentaltoolforstructuraldesignengineers.ItistheprimarysourceforstatisticallybasedmetallicmaterialpropertiesusedforstrengthapprovalsmadebyFAAengineers.TheHandbookiscriticaltooursafetymission.UsingMMPDSallowablesensuresahighlevelofsafetyassociatedwithFAAapprovalsandreducestheneedforFAAreviewandapprovalofmaterialpropertydatainsupportofairworthinesscertificationcompliance.TheimportanceofthisdocumenttotheFAAandtheAerospaceindustryissignificantandwewillcontinueoversightoftheHandbookcoordinationprocess.WithoutanupdatedMMPDSHandbook,allmatterofdesigns,modifications,andrepairscouldberequiredtoundergoanexpensiveandtimeconsumingmaterialcertificationprocessplacingasignificantresourceburdenonbothindustryandtheFAA.ThecertificationandcontinuedairworthinessofcivilaircraftareheavilydependentontheexistenceofareliableMMPDSHandbook.

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