Accession Number : ADA304629

Title :   Composites for Advanced Space Transportation Systems - (CASTS).

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1 Jul 75-1 Apr 78,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Davis, John G., Jr

PDF Url : ADA304629

Report Date : MAR 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 268

Abstract : This document summarizes the in-house and contract work accomplished under the CASTS Project. In July 1975 the CASTS Project was initiated to develop graphite fiber/polyimide matrix (Gr/PI) composite structures with 589K (600 deg F) operational capability for application to aerospace vehicles. Major tasks include: screening composites and adhesives, developing fabrication procedures and specifications, developing design allowables test methods and data, design and test of structural elements and construction of an aft body flap for the Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle which will be ground tested. Portions of the information are from ongoing research and must be considered preliminary. The CASTS Project is scheduled to be completed in September 1983. (MM)

Descriptors :   *SPACECRAFT, *FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, *GRAPHITE, *AEROSPACE CRAFT, *SPACE TRANSPORTATION, *ADHESIVES, *POLYIMIDE RESINS, THERMAL PROPERTIES, SPACE SYSTEMS, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, LAMINATES, STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS, STIFFNESS, MODULUS OF ELASTICITY, FABRICATION, COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, CARBON FIBERS, MATRIX MATERIALS, STRAIN(MECHANICS), STRENGTH(MECHANICS), FRACTURE(MECHANICS), ALUMINUM, BONDED JOINTS, SPACE SHUTTLES, FLAPS(CONTROL SURFACES), FATIGUE(MECHANICS), PREPREGS, FAILURE(MECHANICS), POISSON RATIO, ADHESIVE BONDING, GRAPHITE EPOXY COMPOSITES, SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION, SHEAR STRENGTH, HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES, AERODYNAMIC CONTROL SURFACES, POLYIMIDE PLASTICS, QUINOXALINES, STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.

Subject Categories : Adhesives, Seals and Binders
      Laminates and Composite Materials
      Plastics
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE