Failure analysis of structural components of a a helicopter

Madan, M and Bhuvana, R and Sujata, M and Venkataswamy, MA and Bhaumik, SK (2008) Failure analysis of structural components of a a helicopter. Project Report. National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India.

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There was an accident to a helicopter during ground run on July 28, 2008 wherein one upper and lower blade collided with each other resulting in the other blades colliding with fuselage/rotor column. Post accident inspection revealed severe damage to the helicopter. A few suspected components retrieved from the wreckage of the helicopter were sent to the laboratory for establishing the mode/cause of failure. Examination revealed that all the components have failed by overload or impact. In many cases, the loads were superimposed with bending. None of the components showed any signatures of progressive failure such as stress corrosion cracking or fatigue. The evidences present on the components, based on which this conclusion has been arrived, are presented in this report.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Helicopter;Failure;Overload;Impact;Bending
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 07:58
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 07:58

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