Beyond the Black Box
The Forensics of Airplane CrashesBook - 2008
Bibel (mechanical engineering, U. of North Dakota) discusses the investigation of airplane accidents as a means of illustrating principals of mechanical engineering. Chapters explore plane impact dynamics, the mechanics of in-flight breakup, pressure and explosive decompression, burst engines and jet reliability, metal fatigue, fire and explosion patterns, crash testing, and human tolerances to crash forces. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.
But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane wreck investigations. Professor George Bibel shows how forensic experts, scientists, and engineers analyze factors like impact, debris, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture, crash testing, and human tolerances to determine why planes fall from the sky—and how the information gleaned from accident reconstruction is incorporated into aircraft design and operation to keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.