ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE ARTICULATING CENTRIFUGE CONCEPT.
Final rept. for Jun-Oct 64,
SPACE/DEFENSE CORP BIRMINGHAM MICH
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The report introduces a unique concept for a device capable of generating a variety of G-time profiles and utilizing present state-of-the-art techniques and commercially available components. The physical appearance of the design concept is dealt with initially and a determination made of the most suitable configuration. An examination of the structural weight and stresses developed is included to indicate feasibility. This includes comparison of requirements for a 15-, 50-, or 150pound payload with the rationale for selection of the 50pound option with a 12-foot radius of rotation for more intensive study. The dynamics of operation are analyzed and the various characteristics examined. Coriolis forces generated are reasonably small and can be considered a minor perturbation on the overall G-time exposure curve. The operating mechanisms controlling the centrifuge are described in appropriate detail and critical features noted. Auxiliary and ancillary equipment are also discussed as well as the basic building requirements for housing the centrifuge. A set of design specifications is included. Author