Accession Number:

ADA270032

Title:

Vertical Drop Test of a Metro III Aircraft

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Apr 1991-Apr 1992

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Report Date:

1993-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

82.0

Abstract:

A commuter category Fairchild Metro III fuselage and wingbox assembly was subjected to a vertical impact test at the Federal Aviation Administration FAA Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ. The purpose of the test was to measure the structural response of the fuselage, floor, cabin furnishing including standard and modified seats and anthropomorphic dummies. The test was conducted to simulate the potentially survivable impact conditions of an actual crash. The airframe was dropped from 11.2 feet and impacted at a velocity of 26.32 feet per second ftsec. The test weight simulated an airplane configuration that was approximately 1,450 pounds less than the maximum zero fuel weight 13,100 pounds of the airplane with a 14,100-pound maximum takeoff weight. Acceleration, load and deflection data were collected throughout the test. Instrumentation were located on the fuselage, floor, seats, and within the anthropomorphic test dummies. The vertical impact test resulted in peak accelerations of gravity g ranging from 40g to 60g throughout the airframe. Airplane vertical impact, Drop test, Crashworthiness, Commuter airplane.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE