Beyond the Black Box The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

ISBN-10: 0801886317

ISBN-13: 9780801886317

Edition: 2007

Authors: George Bibel

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The black box is actually orange -- and there are two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. But crash investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. This fascinating book shows how crash investigators, scientists, and engineers use physics and engineering to determine the probable cause of airplane accidents and how resulting safety recommendations are incorporated to make flying safer. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, professor George Bibel examines a number of crash investigations through the lens of physical science. He shows how investigators analyze factors like impact, wreckage, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture, crash testing, and human tolerances to determine how planes crash -- and how this forensic investigation is incorporated in aircraft design and operation to keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

George Bibel, a former NASA summer faculty fellow, is a professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering and Mines, University of North Dakota. He recently completed the Air Line Pilots Association Advanced Accident Investigation Course.

The Crash Investigation Process
How Planes (Often) Crash
In-Flight Breakup
Pressure, Explosive Decompression, and Burst Balloons
Jet Propulsion, Burst Engines, and Reliability
Metal Fatigue: Bending 777s and Paper Clips
Combustion: Fire and Explosion
Crash Testing
Human Tolerances to G Loads and Crash Forces
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