rapid decompression


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rapid decompression

The almost instantaneous loss of cabin pressure in an aircraft with a pressurized cockpit or cabin. This could happen either because of enemy action or structural failure. In severe cases, it is called explosive decompression.
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On 26 October 2010 American Airlines flight 1640, a Boeing 757-223, experienced a rapid decompression.
Demersal fishes are commonly subjected to rapid decompression during capture in both commercial and recreational fisheries.
Supersaturation of the volatile phase may occur via rapid crystallization of anhydrous phases in the melt or via rapid decompression of the magma chamber, which increases the liquidus and solidus of a particular melt, and decreases the maximum volatile solubility.
Here researchers examine a theory which explains its existence, namely that it was created by the rapid decompression and melting of an inordinately hot mantle in the heads of newly ascended mantle plumes.
7] Pneumoparotid has also been induced by nose blowing, [1] blowing up balloons, [6] chronic attempts to suppress cough, [8,9] and rapid decompression while scuba diving.
While investigators try to determine what caused the crash, Van Nuys Airport pilots and mechanics said the Learjet is so well built that a rapid decompression is rare.
Up to half of the 1200 men on the project may have the disease - caused by rapid decompression.
The USAARL evaluation includes electromagnetic interference and compatibility, extreme temperatures, vibration, exposure to dust, altitude, device usability, rapid decompression and acceleration, and crash durability.
In an airworthiness directive, it said the extra checks were needed "to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
We had a complete cabin-pressurization failure, which resulted in a rapid decompression.
Jeppesen commissioned a successful rapid decompression test on iPad to 51,000 feet in altitude

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