Accession Number:

ADA058892

Title:

Air-Launched Missile Structural Failure/Damage Study

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo. Jun-Dec 1976

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

A study of structural failuredamage data, from various sources, such as inspection reports, fleet unsatisfactory reports and accidentincident reports, for air launched missiles was performed to determine major problem areas and common causes for the failuredamage. Missiles for which failure damage data were studied are SIDEWINDER AIM-9, SPARROW AIM-7, SHRIKE AGM- 45, BULLPUP AIM-12, PHOENIX AIM-54, STANDARD ARM AIM-66, -67 and WALLEYE AGM-62. The most common causes of structural failuredamage were found to be careless and negligent handling, and captive flight environment overstress caused by excessive motion at moveable control surfaces. Corrosion due to inadequate packaging and storage conditions was also a common cause of damage. Recommendations for investigation and study of these causes of failuredamage are made. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
  • Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE