Accession Number:

AD0362112

Title:

EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS ON FIGHTER AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DAYTON UNIV OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1958-02-28

Pagination or Media Count:

94.0

Abstract:

Six F-80 and 3 F-86D aircraft horizontalstabilizer assemblies were exposed on the ground during Shot 12 of Operation Teapot to investigate stabilizer response to gust loads in the analysis of lethal volumes of nuclear weapons employed to defend against enemy aircraft. Each stabilizer was mounted vertically and oriented at an angle of attack near, but below, the stalling point at 5 different ranges such that the stabilizer nearest and farthest from ground zero would be, respectively, completely failed and essentially undamaged. Post-shot examinations revealed that the F-80 stabilizers at the first 2 ranges were severed near the root, as expected the damage received by the F-80 stabilizers at the last 2 ranges was about 50 greater than predicted. As damage varied from completely demolished to barely failed, a sufficient range of data for F-80 stabilizer load versus response was obtained. None of the 3 F-86D stabilizers were subjected to failure loads, and the only structural damage consisted of rib buckling near the predicted failure station. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE