Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

by George Bibel
     
 

The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.

But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book

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Overview

The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.

But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane wreck investigations. Professor George Bibel shows how forensic experts, scientists, and engineers analyze factors like impact, debris, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture, crash testing, and human tolerances to determine why planes fall from the sky—and how the information gleaned from accident reconstruction is incorporated into aircraft design and operation to keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801886317
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
726,935
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Crash Investigation Process     1
How Planes (Often) Crash     12
In-Flight Breakup     58
Pressure, Explosive Decompression, and Burst Balloons     87
Jet Propulsion, Burst Engines, and Reliability     168
Metal Fatigue: Bending 777s and Paper Clips     219
Combustion: Fire and Explosion     251
Crash Testing     292
Human Tolerances to G Loads and Crash Forces     336
Notes     365
References     375
Index     387

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