Accession Number : ADA114678

Title :   Wind Tunnel Tests of the NASA Shuttle External Tank SLA/SOFI Panels at Mach Numbers from 0.60 to 1.50.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFS TN

Personal Author(s) : Meyer,R G

PDF Url : ADA114678

Report Date : Jun 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : A test was conducted to determine whether exposure of the Super Light Ablator/Spray-on-Foam Insulation (SLA/SOFI) to the STS-1 launch trajectory dynamic pressures would produce additional cracks or cause separations from the cryogenic tank. Low-speed movies and stereo-photography were used to record the effects of the tunnel flow at free-stream Mach numbers from 0.60 to 1.50. Four configurations were tested in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel (16T) during the period from March 20 through 21, 1981. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Thermal insulation, *Bonding, Separation, Propellant tanks, External, Cryogenic propellants, Foam, Ablative materials, Lightweight, Sprays, Cracks, Transonic flow, Supersonic flow, Dynamic pressure, Spacecraft components, Wind tunnel tests, Space shuttles

Subject Categories : Adhesives, Seals and Binders
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE