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Crash Simulation of a Boeing 737 Fuselage Section Vertical Drop TestA 30-ft/s vertical drop test of a fuselage section of a Boeing 737 aircraft was conducted in October of 1999 at the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. This test was performed to evaluate the structural integrity of a conformable auxiliary fuel tank mounted beneath the floor and to determine its effect on the impact response of the airframe structure and the occupants. The test data were used to compare with a finite element simulation of the fuselage structure and to gain a better understanding of the impact physics through analytical/experimental correlation. To perform this simulation, a full-scale 3-dimensional finite element model of the fuselage section was developed using the explicit, nonlinear transient-dynamic finite element code, MSC.Dytran. The emphasis of the simulation was to predict the structural deformation and floor-level acceleration responses obtained from the drop test of the B737 fuselage section with the auxiliary fuel tank.
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Fasanella, Edwin L.
(Army Research Lab. Hampton, VA, United States)
Jackson, Karen E.
(Army Research Lab. Hampton, VA, United States)
Jones, Yvonne T.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Frings, Gary
(Federal Aviation Administration Atlanta, GA, United States)
Vu, Tong
(Federal Aviation Administration Atlanta, GA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 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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