Beyond the Black Box

Beyond the Black Box : The Forensics of Airplane Crashes

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33mm | 680g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 183 Line drawings, black and white; 38 Halftones, black and white
  • 0801886317
  • 9780801886317
  • 352,962

Table of contents

Preface1. The Crash Investigation Process2. How Planes (Often) Crash3. In-Flight Breakup4. Pressure, Explosive Decompression, and Burst Balloons5. Jet Propulsion, Burst Engines, and Reliability6. Metal Fatigue: Bending 777s and Paper Clips7. Combustion: Fire and Explosion8. Crash Testing9. Human Tolerances to G Loads and Crash ForcesNotesReferencesIndex
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The author does a first-rate job... The easy-to-read and engaging manner of the writing makes this an interesting historical as well as scientific text. -- Charles K. Jervis * National Science Teachers Association * Bibel takes the reader, chattily and with skill, through his analysis of a series of fatal accidents. -- Paul Marks * New Scientist * Offering insights into how aviation accident investigations are conducted, Bibel addresses the causes of such accidents, from in-flight breakup to metal fatigue and combustion, and the lessons learned. Enriched with many drawings, graphs, and equations... Highly recommended. * Library Journal * A fascinating book. -- Steven D. Levitt * New York Times * The author succeeds in both science and storytelling. * Choice * The easy-to-read and engaging manner of the writing makes this an interesting historical as well as scientific text. -- Charles K. Jervis * NSTA Recommends * Beyond the Black Box provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane crash investigations. * Air Safety Week * Bibel takes responsibility for his readers' understanding... using similes based on everyday events and objects. -- Don Fry * Virginia Quarterly Review * Terrific book. * Discover *
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About George Bibel

George Bibel, a former NASA summer faculty fellow, is a professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering and Mines, University of North Dakota. He recently completed the Air Line Pilots Association Advanced Accident Investigation Course.
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72 ratings
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4 43% (31)
3 25% (18)
2 6% (4)
1 3% (2)
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