Simulation of T-38 Aircraft Student Canopy Response to Cockpit Pressure and Thermal Loads Using MAGNA (Materially and Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis),
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The linear and nonlinear static response to cockpit pressure and cold thermal loads of the forward canopy for the T-38 aircraft has been predicted using the MAGNA Materially and Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis finite element computer program. The results obtained are compared to those of earlier analyses and full scale tests. It is concluded that the current canopy design when properly rigged can withstand more than 20 psig pressure, that thermal loads are more critical than cockpit pressure loads, and that providing more attachment fixity at both forward and aft arches would relieve stress concentrations which occur at the canopy corners.