STRUCTURAL FABRIC PROGRAM
Interim technical progress rept., 1 Oct-31 Dec 61.
GOODYEAR AEROSPACE CORP AKRON OHIO
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The glide re-entry vehicles presently being designed require large low-density structures. The use of fabrics for the structural material not only answers this requirement but provides the advantage of being packageable in a small volume for ease of storage and handling on the ground with the additional advantages of maximum utilization of missile payload volume and minimum effect on the aerodynamic performance of the missile during ascent. The ultimate objective is a loom having the capabilities of weaving large AIRMAT structures. These capabilities will be demonstrated by weaving AIRMAT specimens in 2 categories. Rene 41 AIRMAT and Type 304 stainless steel AIRMAT. It is also intended that the loom will have the capability of weaving shapes. Design studies and prototype evaluation were made to establish the design requirements for the structural fabric loom specification and to determine, the detail design requirements for the loom. Author