Accession Number : ADA307876

Title :   Glass Fiber Reinforced Metal Pressure Vessel Design Guide,

Corporate Author : STRUCTURAL COMPOSITES INDUSTRIES INC POMONA CA

Personal Author(s) : Landes, R. E.

PDF Url : ADA307876

Report Date : JUL 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : This Engineering Guide presents curves and general equations for safelife design of lightweight glass fiber reinforced (GFR) metal pressure vessels operating under anticipated Space Shuttle service conditions. The high composite vessel weight efficiency is shown to be relatively insensitive to shape, providing increased flexibility to designers establishing spacecraft configurations. Spheres, oblate spheroids, and cylinders constructed of GFR Inconel X-750, 2219-T62 aluminum, and cryoformed 301 stainless steel are covered; design parameters and performance efficiencies for each configuration are compared at ambient and cryogenic temperature for an operating pressure range of 690 to 2760 N/cm2 (1000 to 4000 psi). Design variables are presented as a function of metal shell operating to sizing (proof) stress ratios for use with fracture mechanics data generated under a separate task of this program. Application of the fracture mechanics information to the data of this Guide provides a basis for appropriate selection of vessel proof test levels and safe life design configurations for Space Shuttle composite tanks with load sharing liners.

Descriptors :   *PRESSURE VESSELS, STRESSES, ALUMINUM ALLOYS, FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, SHAPE, STAINLESS STEEL, SHELLS(STRUCTURAL FORMS), FRACTURE(MECHANICS), LININGS, CONFIGURATIONS, GLASS FIBERS, SPACE SHUTTLES, SPACECRAFT COMPONENTS, CRYOGENICS, NICKEL ALLOY INCONEL.

Subject Categories : Containers and Packaging
      Laminates and Composite Materials

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE