INVESTIGATION OF NONDESTRUCTIVE METHODS FOR THE EVALUATION OF GRAPHITE MATERIALS
Technical rept. 15 Apr 1966-15 Apr 1967
AVCO MISSILES SPACE AND ELECTRONICS GROUP LOWELL MA AVCO SPACE SYSTEMS DIV
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A program of investigation was begun in April 1964, to determine nondestructive methods and techniques for evaluating and characterizing graphite materials. The properties and behavior characteristics of graphite which are important to ablative applications were identified and correlated with the applicable NDT methods and techniques during the first year. Emphasis was directed in verification of the applicability of the various NDT techniques and correlation to characterize graphite in relation to service performance has been an item of major concern. Statistical analysis of these correlations has established the significance of the correlations for predicting the related material properties. An extensive analysis of the application of NDT flaw testing and properties evaluation in regard to quality and reliability is presented. A detailed discussion of infrared technique development activities for measuring thermal properties is also presented. The influence of attenuation and the related effects of frequency distortion on velocity measurements is evaluated and described.
- Ceramics, Refractories and Glass