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SFTY 435 : Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the accident environment, with particular emphasis on the protection of the occupants. The injury mechanisms and causes will be analyzed, as will the physics and kinematics of the impact sequence. The intent of the course is to familiarize the student with what can be done to minimize the effects of an accident.

This course is intended to familiarize students with the accident environment. The course will describe events and forces associated with an aircraft accident and provide students with the skills to improve the occupant’s chances of survival and the knowledge to change those items, which cause injury.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Be proficient in writing definitions, principles, and concepts of crash survival.

2. Describe the events and forces associated with and aircraft accident.

3. Mathematically analyze the impact forces and "g" forces, which occur in an accident, and describe their channels of force transmission to the occupants.

4. Analyze and critically describe the various protective measures currently employed; and determine alternatives to provide better protection.

5. Understand the basic principles of "crash worthiness" applicable to general aviation, military and air carrier aircraft.

6. Analyze and critically examine the effect of post-impact fire and its byproducts.

7. List the principles of crash survival and apply them to the design and outfitting of aircraft.8. Complete a "Crash Survival Analysis" rating for various fixed-wing and rotor aircraft.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Curt Lewis - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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