Dispersion-Strengthened Metal Fin Structural Test
Rpet. for Dec 1970-Sep 1972
AIR FORCE FLIGHT DYNAMICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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A full scale fin constructed of Dispersion-Strengthened Metal DSM material Ni-20Cr-2ThO2 representative of the fin on the FDL-5A re-entry vehicle was subjected to fifty simulated missions of earth orbital ascents and re-entry. The fin structure had a projected area of 15.7 square feet and was loaded and heated to a maximum temperature of 2200F during the re-entry simulation. This report describes the test setup, procedures and equipment used during the simulation. The fin successfully completed the fifty missions, suffering only local failures which were repaired.
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