This report documents a program that investigated inflatable restraint design criteria and developed an airbag restraint system for use in a general aviation aircraft. The program required three phases of effort which were data collection, establishment of design goals, and concept development. The first phase consisted of collecting data on each crash acceleration profiles, inflatable restraints, energy attenuation criteria, and airframe dimensions. With this information and available human tolerance data, it was possible to develop analytical models of the seated occupant and airbag restraint, which were used to determine the design goals for inflatable occupant restraints that could be used in general aviation aircraft. Once the design goals were established, airplane cabin dimensions and inflatable system performance specifications were used to develop an inflatable restraint concept for general aviation aircraft.
This work is part of the library's "Parachute History Collection" donated by the Airdrop/Aerial Delivery Directorate, Natick Soldier Center, US Army Research Development & Engineering Command, through the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerodynamic Deceleration Systems Technical Committee.
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