Conceptual Study of a Highly Survivable Composite Truss Tailboom
Abstract:In order to determine if a truss constructed from composite materials is a viable concept for a ballistically tolerant tailboom, three composite truss tailboom specimens were designed, fabricated and tested. The specimens were constructed from graphite fibers in an epoxy resin and were fabricated using s filament winding procedure. They were ballistically tested under static load using HEI delayed fuse rounds. The design requirements, analytical methods and correlation to test results, filament winding fabrication methods and the results of the ballistic testing are discussed in this paper.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas
Publication date: 1981-10-01
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