Accession Number : AD0746288

Title :   Exploratory Development of Prototype Missile Fuselages.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 69-30 Sep 71,

Corporate Author : HUGHES AIRCRAFT CO CULVER CITY CALIF MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Lowe,E. P. ; Keller,L. B. ; Orlowski,E.

Report Date : OCT 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : A practicable, molded-plastic missile fuselage concept was successfully developed using a unique quadrant molding process. The feasibility of producing such a missile fuselage with inexpensive FRP/epoxy composite materials with fabrication methods capable of high production at a low cost is demonstrated. Development of tooling provides components with the proper geometry, dimensions, uniformity, and reproducibility. A realistic structural comparison was made between the quadrant molded composite fuselage and a conventional metallic structure. Comparative manufacturing costs were established and indicated that the composite fuselage is more cost effective for all production quantities. (Author, modified-PL)

Descriptors :   (*ROCKET ENGINE CASES, MANUFACTURING), (*GUIDED MISSILE COMPONENTS, *COMPOSITE MATERIALS), GLASS TEXTILES, EPOXY RESINS, BONDING, MOLDINGS, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, PRODUCTION CONTROL, COST EFFECTIVENESS

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Guided Missiles
      Rockets

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE