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Rationale for Replacement of Pyrotechnic Signaling Devices in Survival Kits on Transport Category Aircraft Life Rafts and Slide-Rafts

  • Aerospace Standard
  • AIR5690A
  • Current
Published 2018-06-11 by SAE International in United States

This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) identifies the risks and dangers associated with the carriage and use of pyrotechnic signaling devices in transport category aircraft life rafts and slide/rafts, and provides a rationale for allowing the use of alternative non-pyrotechnic devices authorized by FAA/TSO-C168. These devices offer an equivalent level of safety while eliminating flight safety risks, enhancing survivability of aircraft ditching survivors, reducing costs, eliminating dangerous goods transportation and handling issues, and reducing environmental impact of dangerous goods disposal.


Guidance on Mitigation Strategies Against Laser Illumination Effects

  • Aerospace Standard
  • ARP6378
  • Current
Published 2018-06-02 by SAE International in United States

This document is intended to give guidance to users, regulators and persons in the aviation field who may be affected by the potential visual interference effects of lasers aimed at aircraft by the general public. The potential effects include startle (distraction, disruption, disorientation, and operational incapacitation), glare, and flashblindness. This document provides mitigation strategies against such effects, including operational procedures, pilot education, and the use of Laser Glare Protection.

Damage Tolerance for Gas Turbine Engines

  • Professional Development
  • C1323
Published 2013-03-26

The simultaneous demands for reliability and minimum weight for aircraft and propulsion systems offer some of the most challenging technical problems that structural and safety engineers can encounter. Although much information is available on fracture mechanics and aircraft damage tolerance, this course specifically relates to damage tolerance for gas turbine engines. The need to consider damage tolerance more broadly in new engine designs has just recently been written into FAR 33.70 and new EASA guidelines. With an increasing need for education, both in the U.S. and internationally, this seminar relates directly to the growing interest and priority the AIA, FAA, and engine OEM"s have placed on turbine engine damage tolerance.

Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications Web Seminar RePlay

  • Webinar Recordings
  • PD331140ON
Published 2012-06-15

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Practical Versus RSM-Based MDO in Vehicle Body Design

  • Indian Institute Of Science - Anindya Deb
  • Wayne State University - Clifford C. Chou
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Published 2012-04-16 by SAE International in United States

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) is of great significance in the lean design of vehicles. The present work is concerned with the objective of cross-functional optimization (i.e. MDO) of automotive body. For simplicity, the main goal adopted here is minimizing the weight of the body meeting NVH and crash safety targets. The stated goal can be achieved following either of two different ways: classic response surface method (RSM) and practical MDO methodology espoused recently. Even though RSM seems to be able to find a design point which satisfies the constraints, the problem is with the time associated with running such CAE algorithms that can provide a single optimal solution for multi-disciplinary areas such as NVH and crash safety. The present work compares the results of both the methods for a real-world vehicle and concludes that the current practical MDO methodology is substantially more efficient when compared to RSM-based optimization and predicts nearly the same solution as the latter.

Understanding and Supporting Aircraft Accident Investigation and Reconstruction

  • Professional Development
  • C1143
Published 2012-03-08

Aircraft accident and incident investigations should be supported by all engineering disciplines and departments involved with design, manufacturing, certification, and field operations. For individuals called upon to serve as advisors or technical representatives to official aircraft accident investigation (AAI) teams, an understanding of accident and wreckage reconstruction methodologies and processes is critical to success in this supportive role. 

Filtration and Contamination Control for Aerospace Hydraulic Systems

  • Professional Development
  • C1206
Published 2012-01-24

This four-hour short course provides an introduction to contamination control principles in aircraft hydraulic systems. Topics covered include an introduction to the types of contamination in aircraft hydraulic systems, contaminant measurement, and reporting methods. In addition, the impact of contamination on hydraulic components is discussed in detail. Along with an introduction to filtration mechanisms, information on testing, rating, and specifying filters will be provided.

Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications

  • Professional Development
  • WB1140
Published 2011-12-20

This four-hour web seminar will provide an overview of driver distraction (predominantly electronic devices): the problem; how to define it; the current state of research and how to critically evaluate that research to make informed decisions; and the effectiveness of state laws and fleet policies to reduce it. The conclusion of the course will summarize strategies, techniques, and technologies that have been shown to be effective in reducing distracted driving from electronic devices.

The Autonomous Recognition of Left Behind Passengers in Parked Vehicles

  • University of Wuppertal - Christian Fischer
  • Delphi Delco Electronics Europe GmbH - Thomas Fischer
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Published 2011-04-12 by SAE International in United States

The unattended left behind of children in parked vehicles is one of the major causes of lethal or serious injuries to children in non-traffic accidents in the U. S. For this reason Delphi is interested in the development of a low cost left behind occupant recognition so that its safety division launched the evaluation of different approaches for a reliable detection system in 2008. This contribution discusses the sensor evaluation, experiments under different conditions and the classification via data mining algorithms based on two potential approaches. The first one uses high sensitive analogue accelerometers at the car chassis and the second one is based on a pressure mat in the seat. Occupants inside the vehicle produce vibrations at the car chassis which can be monitored by the accelerometers. The needed electronic and different experimental results are explained in regard to an autonomous left behind recognition. Subsequently the experiments with the pressure mat are discussed. This system is appropriated for the determination of the physiological parameters of the seated occupant and is based on a reengineered series product - PODS-B. Its signal processing and the extracted signals are described and the relevance for the following classification paragraph becomes emphasized. Finally the gained information of the evaluated sensing elements is used to rate four different classification methods (k-NN, SVM, J48, PNN). The results are discussed and the proper classifiers are highlighted. Out of this the further development steps are defined and the benefit of the applications is characterized.

Safety Considerations - Smoking in Lavatories of Transport Aircraft

  • Aerospace Standard
  • AIR4740A
  • Current
Published 2010-11-17 by SAE International in United States
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