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Rotor Systems Research Aircraft /RSRA/ canopy explosive severance/fractureThe Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA), a compound rotor/fixed-wing aircraft, incorporates an emergency escape system for the three crew members; to achieve unobstructed egress, the overhead acrylic canopies of each crew member will be explosively severed and fractured into predictably small, low-mass pieces. A canopy explosive severance/fracture system was developed under this investigation that included the following system design considerations: selection of canopy and explosive materials, determining the acrylic's explosive severance and fracture characteristics, evaluating the effects of installation variables and temperature, determining the most effective explosive patterns, conducting full-scale, flat and double-curvature canopy tests, and evaluating the effects of back-blast of the explosive into the cockpit.
Document ID
19770046833
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Bement, L. J. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, Va., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Subject Category
AIRCRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other