Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures: Methodology and Case Histories
Case 42: Failure of Tail Boom Attachments in a Helicopter
Several components from the tail boom of a helicopter were found fractured at a crash site, including gusset plates, the hat section near the lower yoke, and a cable that controls the pitch of the tail rotor. The components were recovered from the wreckage and taken to a lab for closer examination. Based on their observations and the results of SEM fractography, failure analysts concluded that the gusset plates failed due to a downward bending overload in tension and that the tail rotor control cable snapped due to tensile overload. There were no indications of delayed failure in any of the areas examined.
Failure of Tail Boom Attachments in a Helicopter, Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures: Methodology and Case Histories, By V. Ramachandran, A.C. Raghuram, R.V. Krishnan, S.K. Bhaumik, ASM International, 2005, p 162–164, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.faesmch.t51270162
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