Accession Number : AD0440225


Title :   DEVELOPMENT OF AN INFLATABLE SELF-RIGIDIZING SPACE SHELTER AND SOLAR COLLECTOR FROM HONEYCOMB SANDWICH MATERIAL


Descriptive Note : Rept. for 1 Jan-10 Oct 1963


Corporate Author : GEOPHYSICS CORP OF AMERICA ANOKA MN


Personal Author(s) : Russell, Ivan W ; Hanssen, Nels S ; McKillip, William J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/440225.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 120


Abstract : Properties obtainable by various techniques of curing polymer systems were evaluated and a resin system for the rigidization of expandable space structures was developed. Several fabrics which closely resembled a true honeycomb were used in the fabrication of the desired items. The final items of the development program were a lightweight, expandable, self-rigidizing 5 ft. diameter solar collector and a lightweight, expandable self-rigidizing 7 ft. diameter by 7 ft. high cylindrical space shelter. Both final items were rigidized by vapor phase catalysis of a chemical rigidizing resin system. The study revealed that it is feasible and even desirable to design, fabricate, and rigidize flexibel, self-rigidizing solar collectors and shelters for space application using a honeycomb type sandwich material as the basic structural material.


Descriptors :   *SHELTERS , *INFLATABLE STRUCTURES , *HONEYCOMB CORES , MECHANICAL PROPERTIES , AGING(MATERIALS) , TENSILE PROPERTIES , FILMS , STYRENE PLASTICS , CYLINDRICAL BODIES , EPOXY RESINS , LAMINATED PLASTICS , IMPREGNATION , PLASTICIZERS , TRIAZINES , SOLAR PANELS , SANDWICH CONSTRUCTION , ISOCYANATES , POLYESTER PLASTICS , PLASTICS , GLASS TEXTILES , CATALYSTS , ALUMINUM , AMINES , ACRYLIC RESINS , ELASTIC PROPERTIES , SPACE ENVIRONMENTS , VAPORS


Subject Categories : Construction Equipment, Materials & Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE