Effects of Aircraft Engine Bleed Air Duct Failures on Surrounding Aircraft Structure
Interim rept. 21 Mar-1 May 1986
BOEING MILITARY AIRPLANE CO SEATTLE WA
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Simulated bleed air impingement tests were conducted to explore the possibility that an engine bleed air leak contributed to the loss of an F-16 aircraft. A data base of the results of hot engine bleed air impinging on engine compartment walls was established for selected aircraft aluminum materials. Testing indicated the specific F-16 conditions could not have caused panel burnthrough however, substituting other conditions did result in panel burnthrough. The results provide information which will assist in future mishap investigations.
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