Gore Panel Stress Analysis of High Altitude Balloons.
STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN N J DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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A method for determining the stress state of a balloon gore panel is presented. It is assumed that the load tapes take the zero circumferential stress design shape and the gores bow out between the tapes. Using experimentally determined constitutive relations for the film and the load tapes both the circumferential and meridional stresses in the gore panel have been determined at all altitudes from launch to ceiling.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft