Accession Number : ADA117651

Title :   Probabilistic Environmental Model for Solid Rocket Motor Life Prediction.

Descriptive Note : Technical publication,

Corporate Author : FAILURE ANALYSIS ASSOCIATES PALO ALTO CA

Personal Author(s) : Derbalian,George ; Thomas,Jerrell M ; Johnston,Paul ; Brooks,Gregg

PDF Url : ADA117651

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 222

Abstract : Temperature changes that solid rocket motors experience while residing in various locations with different climates cause thermal stresses in the propellant. Repeated application of such stresses can cause damage to the rocket propellant, which may result in cracks. This report describes a probabilistic environmental model for solid rocket motors. Movement of rockets from one station to an other is simulated, using a Markov chain technique. A cumulative damage model is used to compile the damage resulting in each rocket location. The rocket external temperature is assumed to be a random variable and expressed in a probabilistic form for each Markov state. As an example, data were collected to represent the environmental model for Sidewinder rockets. The Markov matrix for Sidewinders was based on past motor logistics. Propellant failure is predicted when the cumulative damage exceeds a critical value. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Solid propellant rocket engines, *Solid rocket propellants, *Shelf life, *Thermal stresses, *Thermal degradation, Computerized simulation, Probability, Predictions, Failure, Numerical methods and procedures, Computer programs, Damage assessment

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Solid Propellant Rocket Engines
      Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE