Computerized Ballistic modeling of the Comanche tailfan shroud
Stephan, Allen H.
Wood, E. Roberts
Danielson, Donald A.
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The U.S. Army has contracted Boeing-Sikorsky to develop the RAH-66 Comanche, a new, armed reconnaissance helicopter that features stealth technology designed to improve survivability when operating in hostile environments. Ballistic testing is required on the Comanche prior to fielding. Computer based simulations are being employed in order to reduce requirements for expensive live-fire testing. This thesis uses a computer program called Dytran from MacNeal-Schwendler to simulate the effects of an explosive round detonating in the Comanche tailfan shroud. Six test cases involving explosions with varying amounts of explosive energy, or specific internal energy, are evaluated. From these tests, a curve showing the percentage of structural failure versus the specific internal energy is plotted. Assuming that 20% structural failure of the model equates to a catastrophic failure, this analysis shows that the analyzed section of the Comanche tailfan shroud can withstand an explosion with a specific 10 2 2 internal energy of 2.58 * 10 in Isec . Any potential threat rounds with specific internal energies greater than 2.58 * 1010 in2/sec2 will ose serious threats to the Comanche
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