Aerospace and Defense Static and Fatigue Structural Testing

Aircraft, space-launch vehicles, satellites, and missiles undergo extensive continuous fatigue testing to prove they will survive the stresses of flight before deployment. Because structural test and mechanical engineering teams want to be confident that they will pass the months- or years-long tests, preliminary structural testing must gather enough information about possible failure points to improve the design before beginning fatigue test. Test requirements include:


  • Minimizing the risk of structure, equipment, and measurement failures during fatigue test

  • Gathering enough information about the structure from preliminary static testing before beginning fatigue test

  • Optimizing the structural design to withstand stress by connecting the test data to the design and subsequent test runs 

Static Structural Test Reference Architecture

  • Complete system design and installation instructions included in the reference architecture.
  • CompactDAQ hardware includes the NI-9235 and NI-9236 C Series Strain/Bridge Input Modules for the best measurement specifications per channel cost on the market.
  • FlexLogger™ data-logging software manages all measurement channels and aggregates data from all sensors in a single project.
  • SystemLink™ data management software makes structural measurement data available to test engineers and analysts.
  • Multiple service options from FlexLogger training to system installation verification and on-site hardware calibration.

Solution Advantages

See the Static Structural Test Reference Architecture in Action

Meet Workflow Needs of the Whole Team

NI’s reference architecture for static and fatigue test includes software tools used by each member of the team. See how to configure measurements, calibrate large groups of channels, and customize how you view test data remotely.

Build Your Solution with the NI Ecosystem

NI offers a variety of solution integration options customized to your application-specific requirements. You can use your own internal integration teams for full system control or leverage the expertise of NI and our worldwide NI Partner Network to obtain a turnkey solution.

NI Partner Network

PVI Systems is a US-based partner for structural test that offers expertise in designing and delivering static and dynamic test systems with its Chameleon software. The company also provides installation and commissioning services.

Services and Support

NI provides services specific to static and fatigue structural test measurement systems, including hardware services and calibration, on-site system calibration, installation verification to ensure the NI content is properly installed and configured in your system, and in-person or online training for FlexLogger software.

Static Structural Test Reference Architecture

Learn more about the Static Structural Test Reference Architecture by reading the solution brochure. It includes additional details on the constituent hardware and software components, system design specifications and patterns, network diagrams, installation instructions, and more.