Unit 28: Project

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Bay maintenance on Extended Range Fuel tanks
HND Aeronautical engineering qcf
Unit 28 Research Project
August Patterson
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Contents
Topic| Page |
Abstract| 3|
Assignment 1:| |
1.1 Formulate and record possible outline project specifications| 4| 1.2 Identify factors that contribute to the process of project selection | 5| 1.3 Undertake a critical review of key references| 6|

1.4 Produce a research project specification | 6|
1.5 Provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed research specification| 9| Assignment 2:| |
2.1 Match resources efficiently to the research questions or hypothesis| 9| 2.2 Undertake the proposed project in accordance with the agreed specification| 10| 2.3 Record and collate relevant data where appropriate| 11| Assignment 3:| |

3.1 Use appropriate project evaluation techniques | 11|
3.2 Interpret and analyse results in terms of the original research specification | 11| 3.3 Make recommendations and justify areas for further consideration| 12| Assignment 4: | |
4.2 Use an agreed format and appropriate media to present the outcomes to an audience | 12| Annex contents lists| 13|

Extended Range Fuel Tanks

The Extended Range fuel Tank, ERT, is an aircraft asset that can be fitted to Mk2 and Mk3 Chinooks. It is primarily used to extend the aircrafts effective operational range. There are numerous reasons as to why the ERT was chosen as the subject of this project such as; Aircraft Technicians (SAC - Tech) specialising in airframes and propulsion at RAF Odiham Role bay routinely service and carry out bay maintenance on the ERT’s; Work carried out on the ERT encompasses everything from documentation, health and safety issues, manpower and resource management; other assets maintained by the Role bay may not encompass as many issues; The bay maintains and manages all Chinook role equipment based at RAF Odiham and prior to carrying out bay maintenance on ERT’s, the many requirements and specifications must be taken into account and will form the basis of my project. These include bay maintenance, assessing its repairable state, quality and standards checks and replenishment of consumables stores. This project will look at each of these reasons in greater detail, in the latter stages, and endeavour to propose recommendations of procedure amendments whilst presenting the data in report form and presentation form, using Microsoft PowerPoint.

1.1 Formulate and record possible outline project specifications The Extended Range fuel Tank (fig. 1) is an aircraft asset that is fitted within the cabin of the Mk2 and Mk3 Chinook. It is primarily used to extend the effective operational range of the aircraft. Prior to carrying out bay maintenance on Extended Range fuel Tanks, ERT’s, the many requirements and specifications must be taken into account and will form the basis of this project. These include bay maintenance, assessing the repairable state of the ERT, quality and standards checks and replenishment of consumables stores. Bay maintenance is carried out on the ERT every two years, if the tank has not been stowed off aircraft for longer than six months, or every six months whilst the ERT is in storage. However, bay maintenance can be avoided whilst the tank is in storage if the technician who carried out the preventative maintenance filled the tank with AVTUR fuel, at a minimum of five per cent of the maximum capacity of the ERT. ERT records such as serial number, location and state are entered and stored into the station Role bay database (Annex 1). Each ERT is issued with its own Equipment conditioning label MoD 731 (Annex 2) and tracked using the Lifed Item Tracking System (LITS). The date the ERT is due bay maintenance can be ascertained manually using its 731, or highlighted to the LITS user in the aircraft 700 forecasts. When the ERT becomes unserviceable (U/S) or due bay maintenance, it is returned to the station...
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