Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation and Analysis
The 5-day course entails a detailed analysis of the aircraft accident environment with particular emphasis on survivability factors. It explores factors and forces that cause injury and examines the injury-role played by impact forces and occupiable space compromises. The students will examine crashworthiness and delethalization technologies and concepts with a focus on the best ways to protect occupants during a crash. Selected aircraft accidents will be used as case studies. An in-depth review of basic kinematics and development of injury-related information will be completed.
About the Course
- Who Should Attend
This course is intended for personnel within the professions of:
- Aviation safety
- Aircraft accident investigation
- Aircraft design and/or manufacturing
- Others involved with aviation who have an interest in crashworthiness and survivability
- Key Topics
- A review of the historical development of "crashworthiness" and "survivability" as applied to transportation.
- An overview of the "language" and philosophy of aircraft accident survivability.
- The study of force and motion as applied to survivability analysis-includes gathering of data, calculation of 'G' forces and related values, and completion of a kinematic evaluation of an aircraft crash.
- Application of kinematic data to human tolerance of primary, secondary, and tertiary 'G' forces.
- A review of basic pathology including the basic body systems, injuries, injury mechanisms, and injury consequences associated with mechanical and thermal trauma.
- A review of basic fire science as applied to aircraft crashes and the role that fire and its byproducts play in crash survival.
- The 'tie-down chain' including seats, seatbelts and harnesses, seat to floor attachments, and structural integrity-everything that attaches the occupant to the airplane.
- Review of current and future technologies designed to allow occupants to egress effectively following an aircraft crash.
- How to build an aircraft to maximize the protection of the occupants within the structural, operational, and cost constraints necessary to find the best balance between safety and competing factors.
- How to investigate an aircraft crash from the perspective of crashworthiness and survivability.
- Case studies utilizing the Robertson Aircraft Investigation Laboratory.
- When: TBA
- Where: Embry-Riddle Prescott, AZ Campus, Robertson Aviation Safety Center I
- Standard Course Fee: U.S. $2,000
- CEU's: 2