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The MK II UTIAS Implosion-Driven Hypervelocity Launcher Design Analysis.
TORONTO UNIV (ONTARIO) INST FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES
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Based on initial experiments carried out on the 8 in. dia. implosion-driven hypervelocity launcher, as well as on a preliminary design study of a larger launcher facility, the design of a 30 in. dia. hypervelocity launcher was completed, and a set of detailed workshop were prepared. The report describes the basic functioning of the implosion-driven hypervelocity launcher, as well as its mechanical design, operation and firing procedures. A separate section is devoted to the strength requirements and initial stressing. By using a simple analogy with a spherical pressure chamber, the authors endeavour to estimate the plasticelastic stress level, from which some prediction of fatigue life for such a launcher was derived. The last two sections of this report give some recommendations for the proof-testing of the launcher, as well as some basic aspects regarding safety. Author
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