Accession Number : AD0856883

Title :   FLSC Cutter Assembly/Dual Titanium Straps Gap Test.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL CO ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Farnsworth, Craig

Report Date : 31 JUL 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Six tests were conducted at ambient conditions to evaluate the cutting performance of the NASA Gemini 52-72704 Flexible Linear Shaped Charge (FLSC) Cutter Assembly with dual titanium straps. One test was performed to demonstrate the effective severance of a dual titanium strap assembly with a thickness 123 percent of the nominal strap thickness (0.071 inch). Five tests were performed to evaluate depth of FLSC cutting as a function of gap distance between the FLSC and the strap. The cutter assembly was successfully initiated, and the strap assembly was completely severed during each test. FLSC cutting could not be distinguished from shearing of the strap due to hot gases and molten lead from the FLSC sheath washing across the severed surfaces of the strap assembly. The FLSC severance of straps demonstrated a Gemini B performance margin of 2.70 minimum in terms of installation gap. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MANNED SPACECRAFT, EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS), (*SPACE STATIONS, EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS), (*EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS, STAGING), SPACE CAPSULES, ADAPTERS, SHAPED CHARGES, CUTTING, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), TITANIUM.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE