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Crash test for safer aircraft at CIRA<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> test for safer aircraft at CIRACrash test for safer aircraft at CIRA<p style="text-align:justify;">On July 28th, CIRA carried out a drop test at its LISA (Aerospace Structures Impact Laboratory) facility. The test involved a section of fuselage from a regional transport aircraft, made from a composite material produced by the Leonardo Company. This test forms part of the DAC-CERVIA (Innovative and Advanced Certification and Testing Methods) project, with CIRA tasked with developing methods of numerical analysis for testing, under crash conditions, the behaviour of aircraft structures made from composite material.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The test fuselage was fitted with more than 50 deformation, acceleration and force sensors, and equipped with crash test dummies (Hybrid II and Hybrid III) to assess the damage suffered by passengers during impact, and in particular to measure the effects of acceleration on the head and lumbar region. The test conditions involved a fuselage barrel dropping from a height of 14 feet.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The ultimate goal is to create design tools that will enable the development in the near future of lighter, safer aircraft, with a consequent increase in passive safety.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The test was a complete success, not only providing the requisite data for numerical-experimental correlation of the test model, but also representing a first of its kind for this category of aircraft.</p>2017-07-27T22:00:00Z

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