Accession Number : AD0659719

Title :   DEVELOPMENT OF ENCASEMENT FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL KIT FOR USE ON SPACE MISSIONS.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Oct 65-Sep 66,

Corporate Author : SYSTEMS RESEARCH LABS INC SAN ANTONIO TEX

Personal Author(s) : Rothe,W. E. ; Hartley,Jack L.

Report Date : JUN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to construct an emergency dental kit encasement. The encasement, designed for use on extraterrestrial missions, was to be lightweight, nontoxic, and meeting packaging criteria for the retention of the instruments under gravity-free conditions. The requirements demanded an optimized strength-to-weight relationship, and the hard-shell-foam core design (sandwich panel construction) was selected. The instruments were embedded in form-fitted detents providing a slight interference fit, thus solving the problem of retention under weightlessness conditions. The prototype encasements utilized high-impact styrene as material for the hard shell and Nopcofoam as core material. The weight of the container is 22.5 oz. carrying a payload of instruments of 12 oz. (yielding a weight-to-payload ratio of 1 : 1.8). Dimensions of the encasement are 12-7/8 by 6-5/8 by 2-1/16 in. (32.8 by 17.0 by 5.2 cm.) and the total volume is 180 cu in. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DENTISTRY, SPACE FLIGHT), (*MEDICAL SUPPLIES, *PACKAGING), SPECIFICATIONS, TOXICITY, INSTRUMENTATION, WEIGHTLESSNESS, SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION, STYRENE PLASTICS, LOADS(FORCES), STRESSES

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Containers and Packaging

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE