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Crash Simulation of a Vertical Drop Test of a B737 Fuselage Section with Overhead Bins and LuggageThe focus of this paper is to describe a crash simulation of a 30-ft/s vertical drop test of a Boeing 737 (B737) fuselage section. The drop test of the 10-ft. long fuselage section of a B737 aircraft was conducted in November of 2000 at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The fuselage section was outfitted with two different commercial overhead stowage bins. In addition, 3,229-lbs. of luggage were packed in the cargo hold to represent a maximum take-off weight condition. The main objective of the test was to evaluate the response and failure modes of the overhead stowage bins in a narrow-body transport fuselage section when subjected to a severe, but survivable, impact. A secondary objective of the test was to generate experimental data for correlation with the crash simulation. A full-scale 3-dimensional finite element model of the fuselage section was developed and a crash simulation was conducted using the explicit, nonlinear transient dynamic code, MSC.Dytran. Pre-test predictions of the fuselage and overhead bin responses were generated for correlation with the drop test data. A description of the finite element model and an assessment of the analytical/experimental correlation are presented. In addition, suggestions for modifications to the model to improve correlation are proposed.
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Langley Research Center
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Jackson, Karen E.
(Army Research Lab. Hampton, VA, United States)
Fasanella, Edwin L.
(Army Research Lab. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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