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Design and Analysis of Aircraft Lift Bag
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published February 12, 2021 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Nimbalkar, A., Govindaraju, M., and Ramesh, A., "Design and Analysis of Aircraft Lift Bag," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 14(1):81-94, 2021, https://doi.org/10.4271/01-14-01-0004.
Aircraft lift bag is the equipment used for the recovery of an aircraft and is considered as a lifting equipment. Boeing 737 is a domestic aircraft considered for designing this bag. The aircraft lift bag is made of composite material, and the most widely used materials are nylon and neoprene. A composite material is used to make the bag lightweight and easy to handle. For calculation of properties and the engineering constant of the respective composite materials, micromechanics approach is used, in which the method of Representative Volume Element (RVE) is taken into consideration. The loading and boundary conditions are the exact replica of the working conditions. The operation of this bag is completely pneumatic. The stresses induced in the bag are analyzed in finite element software and are compared with the calculated theoretical values. CATIA is used to model the bag, and ABAQUS is used for the finite element calculations.