Thermal Testing of Advanced Missile Materials.
Final rept. 1 Mar-31 Aug 79,
LOS ALAMOS TECHNICAL ASSOCIATES INC NM
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This report documents an experimental program for the exposure of external protection material EPM candidates to simulated nuclear thermal radiation. A draft test spec was developed and applicable test facilities were surveyed. Experiments were conducted at the Tri-Service Thermal Flash Test Facility at Wright-Patterson AFB to 1 characterize the convective cooling coefficient of the quartz lampwind tunnel test section, 2 develop front surface pyrometry and thermocouple techniques to accurately measure the ablative surface temperature, and 3 test a variety of EPM candidates to thermal flash environments. The conclusions reached in this project are that the Tri-Service Thermal Flash Test Facility at Wright-Patterson AFB is the most applicable facility for screening tests of EPM candidates. Front surface temperature measurements are needed to accurately model the ablation and thermal deposition characteristics. Continued testing is needed for full scale engineering development of the EPM and for quality assurance during production of the advanced missile system. Author
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- Guided Missiles
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products