Design of a frangible laminated composite launch tube closure

W. T. Wang*, J. H. Wu, Tai-Yan Kam

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Abstract

The concepts of designing a laminated composite frangible launch tube closure are elaborated. The frangible closure is a convex shell structure of which the external failure pressure is much higher than the internal failure pressure. The frangible closure is designed in such a way that when subjected to an internal impulsive pressure of magnitude greater than certain value, the closure will be broken into several pieces in accordance with a predetermined failure pattern. A number of frangible closures of different sizes are fabricated and subjected to burst strength tests. The failure modes and the effects of some specific design variables on the burst strength of the closure are studied using the experimental results. Basically, the frangible closure can achieve the design objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
PublisherASME
Pages129-138
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0791816354
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1999
EventAdvances in Aerospace Materials and Structures - 1999 (The ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition) - Nashville, TN, USA
Duration: 14 Nov 199919 Nov 1999

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
Volume58
ISSN (Print)0733-4230

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Aerospace Materials and Structures - 1999 (The ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition)
CityNashville, TN, USA
Period14/11/9919/11/99

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