Accession Number : ADD004992

Title :   Composite Dome.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : San Miguel,Anthony

Report Date : 14 Feb 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : A dome for protecting energy responsive instrumentation in a missile is disclosed which utilizes a plurality of wedge shaped transparent elements mounted in a polymer matrix. The transparent elements are arranged so that aerodynamic pressure acting on the dome compresses each transparent element and prevents dome implosion. Individual elements may crack under excessive aerodynamic load, but are held in place by adjacent elements and by aerodynamic pressure, and retain their optical transmissivity during final trajectory to the target. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Guided missile domes, Composite materials, Transparence, Polyimide resins, Rock salt, Polymers, Matrix materials, Wedges

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE