A steel superstructure reaching 63 m (208 ft) wide for full-scale static testing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A “heavy-lift” erection procedure was used for the 453,592-kg (1-million-lb) frame, with assembly on the ground, and hydraulic jacking of the entire frame 24 m (80 ft) into place. This approach improved safety and allowed testing to begin just two weeks after airframe delivery, compared to past installations of six to eight months. MKA also studied potential blast pressures and debris damage in the event of aircraft testing failure.
ARCHITECT: MKA Prime, with DLR Group
KEY STRUCTURAL CONTACT:Terry Palmer