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The design of leading-edge and intake wall structure to resist bird impact

by McNaughtan, I. I; Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough; Ministry of Defence.
Series: Technical Report ; 72056. Publisher: 1972Summary: The results are presented of a comprehensive investigation into the bird impact resistance of aircraft leading-edge structures. The penetration velocity of typical designs using L73 aluminum alloy and riveted construction has been measured as a function of bird weight (up to 1.8 kg), skin thickness, nose radius, rib thickness and pitch, and sweep angle. An empirical design formula has been derived. Some trials have also been made with alternative skin materials (L72 aluminum alloy, nickel and titanium alloys and a cfrp-L73 alloy laminate) and bonded construction. For reference, empirical design formulae for the bird impact resistance of flat and curved walls of offset engine intakes are included.
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The results are presented of a comprehensive investigation into the bird impact resistance of aircraft leading-edge structures. The penetration velocity of typical designs using L73 aluminum alloy and riveted construction has been measured as a function of bird weight (up to 1.8 kg), skin thickness, nose radius, rib thickness and pitch, and sweep angle. An empirical design formula has been derived. Some trials have also been made with alternative skin materials (L72 aluminum alloy, nickel and titanium alloys and a cfrp-L73 alloy laminate) and bonded construction. For reference, empirical design formulae for the bird impact resistance of flat and curved walls of offset engine intakes are included.

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