“Anatomy of an In-Flight Breakup,” w/ Dr. Robert Winn and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

February 23, 2018 - 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm

105 Link Hall

Light refreshments will be provided.

A number of in-flight breakups occur every year. The fundamentals of in-flight breakups reveal that there are only three root causes: fatigue of a key structural element, flutter, and overload. Each of these causes will be discussed and explained. An example of an in-flight breakup in which the experts disagreed as to the root cause will be discussed in detail. The discussion will include analysis of the aircraft wreckage, fundamental airplane fluid dynamics, trajectory analyses, and airplane performance. The presentation is supported with videos, demonstrations, and high-definition animations.

Dr. Winn is a mechanical/aeronautical engineer, Principal and Chairman of the Board of Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI). ESI provides a wide range of technical support capabilities, including metallurgical, materials, aeronautical, mechanical, structural, electrical, safety, automotive, and audio/visual services. He has been with ESI since 1994 and during that time has reconstructed hundreds of aircraft accidents. Dr. Winn retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1991 after a 22-year career. He was an instructor pilot in four different Air Force aircraft, taught aeronautical engineering at the USAF Academy, and served as Chief Scientist of the USAF European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London, England. He is a Fellow of AIAA and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has served as a member of the SAE AC-9C Subcommittee on Aircraft Icing Technology. Dr. Winn has directed research; published over 70 technical papers, technical reports, and articles; and has given numerous presentations on a wide variety of technical and educational topics.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a national professional society for the field of aerospace engineering.AIAA has more than 30,000 members among aerospace professionals worldwide.  There a number of professional events they host every year from distinguished lecturer speakers to student and professional conferences. They are responsible for the publishing of several technical journals and giving out thousands of dollars in scholarships to students. The SU student chapter of AIAA hosts a number of events throughout the year from General Body Meetings to study session and career planning events to our most successful event: flight day. The Executive Board is excited to once again be hosting a speaker for the E-Week events!

  • A door prize will be awarded and attendees will be entered in the Eweek Grand Prize drawing to win a Google Home Mini, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Google Chromecast!
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