Accession Number : ADP002207

Title :   Unprotected Radome Lightning Tests and Implications to Kevlar Airframe Designs,


Personal Author(s) : Auckland,D. T. ; Birken,J. A.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A fiberglass radome, mounted on an operational aircraft, was subjected to a direct lightning strike attachment experiment. It was found that lightning diverter strips could be effectively used to prevent damage from occurring to the radome. Omission of any protective scheme, however, resulted in burnthrough of the radome surface and arcing to the edge of the phased array radar antenna. These test results are discussed in context with the application of nonconducting composite materials, such as Kevlar, to airframe component design. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Radomes, *Lightning, Interactions, Jet fighters, Fiberglass, Damage, Prevention, Protective equipment, Bands(Strips), Electric conductors, Simulation, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE