Thread: How Long???
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Old 5th Jan 2019, 17:28
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Originally Posted by Always a Sapper View Post
Why not just make the access hole bigger, or are we then getting into material stress territory?
You will probably find that the access hole is actually there to service a different component but is being used (at a stretch) to get access to this particular fuel line. Panels tend to add weight and reduce strength so the designers have to strike a balance between the needs of the maintainers and the structural requirements of the airframe. Usually the maintainers lose out.
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