Accession Number : AD0776575

Title :   Large, High-Pressure Vessels for Simulating the Deep Ocean.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Maison,Jack R.

Report Date : JUL 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 562

Abstract : The current capabilities and limitations in the design and fabrication of large, high- pressure ocean simulators is reviewed. Test chambers up to 20 feet in diameter, 60 feet in length, rated to 30,000 psig (RDT&E TANKS) and 75 feet in diameter, 600 feet in length, rated to 4,000 psig (Fleet support chambers) are considered. The individual reports of pressure vessel design and construction experts are combined to yield a consensus opinion that the above ocean simulators can be built with only minor advances in technology. Of the concepts considered feasible for fabricating the simulators, wire-wound construction was found to produce the lowest cost chambers. The core material upon which the wire is wound should be either high-strength steel for the RDT&E tanks or high-strength concrete for the Fleet support chamber. Steel cores are limited in size by billet weight and forging press capacity but are unlimited in pressure up to the maximum considered; concrete cores are unlimited in size, but are constrained to a maximum pressure of about 4,000 psig. An RDT&E PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF WIRE-WOUND CONSTRUCTION IS INCLUDED. (Author-PL)

Descriptors :   *Deep oceans, *Test facilities, *Pressure vessels, Simulation, Submarine hulls, Steel, Concrete, Filament wound construction, Naval research

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE