Accession Number : ADA290140

Title :   Rapid Thermal Ice Penetrator : Report on Test Results Using a Higher Energy Propellant.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun -Oct 91,

Corporate Author : OCEAN SYSTEMS RESEARCH INC ANNAPOLIS MD

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, James K.

PDF Url : ADA290140

Report Date : 02 OCT 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : Ocean Systems Research, Inc. has developed a Rapid Thermal Ice Penetrator with a demonstrated capability to penetrate thick ice at rates in excess of 6 feet per minute. Successful field testing was demonstrated at the APLIS 91 Arctic Ice Camp where 10 feet, 4 inches of ice was penetrated in 120 seconds. This report addresses the feasibility of increasing the energy density of the fuel (solid propellant) to reduce system size and weight. The testing proved that a higher energy propellant will allow significant reductions in system size and weight.

Descriptors :   *ICE PENETRATION, *HIGH ENERGY PROPELLANTS, TEST AND EVALUATION, THERMAL PROPERTIES, DENSITY, THICKNESS, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), ENERGY, FIELD TESTS, REPORTS, PROPELLANTS, FUELS, PENETRATION, ICE, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, OCEANS, SOLID PROPELLANTS.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE