Missile Explosion

TitleMissile Explosion
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsBurkett, S, Mahaffey, D, Tyler, J
PublisherTexas A&M University
KeywordsELECTRICAL engineering , professional responsibility , Workplace Safety
AbstractDuring the removal of a solid-state-fueled missile from its packing case on an extremely cold day, a number of servicemen were killed when the missile ignited when it got too close to a grounded metal antenna. The students are asked to calculation the separation between the missile and the grounded antenna when the spark occurred, and about issues of professional responsibility of the engineer who designed the missile.
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