The probabilities of structural damage from sonic booms were estimated for various susceptible structural elements using a statistical modeling technique. The breakage probabilities were found to vary widely with the specific material configuration, but to consistently increase with increasing nominal overpressures. The ranges of breakage probabilities at a nominal overpressure of 1 psf for typical configurations of susceptible materials were as follows: windows--.000004 to .00000003, plaster--.0003 to .0000005, bric-a-brac--.000001 to .00000001, brick walls--.0000006 to .000000001. The results of the modeling tend to agree well with sonic boom claims experience.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Booz-Allen Applied Research, Incorporated

    4733 Bethesda Avenue
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20014
  • Authors:
    • Hershey, R L
    • Higgins, T H
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143177
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., FAA-RD-76-87
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA72WA-2823
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM