Parametric Studies of the T-38 Student Windshield Using the Finite Element of Code MAGNA (Materially and Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis),
DAYTON UNIV OH RESEARCH INST
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The parametric studies examine the effect of structural variations on the nonlinear dynamic response of the T-38 student windshieldsupport structure system to bird impact. The studies were conducted using the MAGNA Materially and Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis finite element computer program. Both static and dynamic analyses were performed, examining the effects of changes to the transparency stiffness and intensity of the applied load, both coupled and uncoupled. Significant results of the finite element analysis include transparency deflection peak load versus transparency stiffness, and resultant force plots along the aft arch. A discussion of the application of the finite element method to the birdstrike problem is also presented.