Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         08 Sep 97 02:03:48 
From:         J&J@nospam.demon.co.uk (Janet and John)
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On 29 Aug 97 08:10:43 , in <airliners.1997.2000@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
michael piersdorff wrote:
>My understanding of the problem was that most of the in-flight
>breakups were explosive decompressions of the fuselage resulting from
>fatigue failure ... Any strength of materials textbook will show that
>a square-ish corner is a tremendous stress raiser in a tension stress
>situation, as a pressurised fuselage most certainly is.  The solution,
>of course, was to go to the more or less oval windows one sees today.

You should say "any strength of materials textbook written since the
Comet crash investigations". Fatigue behaviour was not well known at the
time, and the Comet crashes aided the development of the science
immeasurably,
--
John Wright