Accession Number : ADA307625

Title :   Research on Refurbishable Thermostructural Panels for Manned Lifting Entry Vehicles.

Descriptive Note : Contract rept.,

Corporate Author : MARTIN CO BALTIMORE MD

Personal Author(s) : LaPorte, A. H.

PDF Url : ADA307625

Report Date : NOV 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 234

Abstract : Studies have been conducted on a group of candidate materials and structural concepts applicable to refurbishable composite ablative thermostructural heat shield panel configurations for manned lifting entry vehicles. Although some relatively advanced material concepts were briefly considered, only off the shelf materials with overall state of the art capability were selected. Practical design implications associated with the use of refurbishable heat shield panel concepts, such as panel size constraints, configuration of joints, substrate panel support interactions, heat short effects associated with the panel support system, and fabrication and cost aspects, have been evaluated and integrated into the selection of a recommended thermostructural panel configuration.

Descriptors :   *REENTRY VEHICLES, *HEAT SHIELDS, *ABLATIVE MATERIALS, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), INTERACTIONS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, PANELS, COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, SUBSTRATES, SPACE SHUTTLES, JOINTS.

Subject Categories : Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
      Thermodynamics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE