Accession Number : AD0437645
Title : CONTROLLED CONTAMINATION: A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR DEVELOPING STERILIZATION PROCEDURES FOR SEALED COMPONENTS OF SPACECRAFT
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
Personal Author(s) : Cordaro, Joseph T ; Buchanan, Henry ; Mann, Bruce ; Miller, A K
Report Date : Sep 1963
Pagination or Media Count : 16
Abstract : Deliberate contamination of components during manufacture appears both practical and feasible for developing sterilization procedures for spacecraft components. Thus, it is possible to determine whether normal manufacturing procedures are sufficient to sterilize or whether the sterilization procedures required (e.g., temperature-time intervals for dry heat) to sterilize can be accomplished without component damage. Methods are presented for controlled contamination with bacterial spores highly resistant to dry heat and bacteriologic recovery of such spores. Impregnated (e.g., with polybutylene) capacitors were rendered sterile during manufacture; nonimpregnated capacitors were not. Any damaging effects of heat sterilization might be increased if the components were subjected to further heating when installed in circuits of spacecraft instrumentations.
Descriptors : *STERILIZATION , *SPACECRAFT CABINS , SPORES , CONTAMINATION , HEATERS , DETERMINATION
Subject Categories : Astronautics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE