Nitrous Oxide Composite Tank Testing

The objective of the proposed research activity is to investigate the fracture and fragmentation behavior of composite fuel tanks in commercial space vehicles. In this proposed effort, a tank consisting of an aluminum liner with a composite outer wrap will be pressurized to failure. A tank approximately 18 in. long and 6 in. diameter with a carbon fiber wrapped aluminum inner liner will be evaluated. The tank represents a current space-industry grade fuel tank. Two of these tests are planned to demonstrate repeatability and the capability for prediction using available computational programs.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01678229
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2018 1:02PM