Accession Number : AD0842112

Title :   EXPLOSIVE RELEASE DEVICE TEST -- CENTAUR,

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Orr, J. D. ; Perkins, C. K.

Report Date : 05 MAY 1960

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : A quick-acting device is required to release the Centaur upper-stage jettisonable insulation. The report presents the results of an investigation of the characteristics of different types of explosive release devices -- explosive nuts and the explosive bolt. The quantities to be measured included the peak recoil force generated by the explosion, the firing delay time, the energy of the major fragment, and the extent of damaging fragmentation. The test procedures, results, and conclusions form the body of this report. (Author)

Descriptors :   *EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS), (*LAUNCH VEHICLES, STAGING), (*RELEASE MECHANISMS, LOCKING FASTENER DEVICES, BOLTS, SEPARATION, JETTISONABLE EQUIPMENT, EXPLOSION EFFECTS, KINETIC ENERGY, FRAGMENTATION, DAMAGE, FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE).

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE