Statistical Model of Sonic Boom Structural Damage
BOOZ-ALLEN APPLIED RESEARCH BETHESDA MD
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The probabilities of structural damage from sonic booms were estimated for various susceptible structural elements using a statistical modeling technique. The breakage probabilities were found to vary widely with the specific material configuration, but to consistently increase with increasing nominal overpressures. The ranges of breakage probabilities at a nominal overpressure of 1 psf for typical configurations of susceptible materials were as follows windows--.000004 to .00000003, plaster--.0003 to . 0000005, bric-a-brac--.000001 to .00000001, brick walls--.0000006 to .000000001. The results of the modeling tend to agree well with sonic boom claims experience.