AN IMPROVED STRESS ANALYSIS OF AN ASCENDING BALLOON

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,790.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5151
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Winzen International Inc.
6800 Park Ten Blvd, Suite 126 East, San Antonio, TX, 78213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
James L. Rand
Investigator
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS RESEARCH ATTEMPTS TO ADVANCE THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF BALLOON DESIGN BY DEVELOPING A METHOD TO REALISTICALLY APPROXIMATE THE STRESS LEVELS IN AN ASCENDING BALLOON. THE APPROACH WILL BE TO COMBINE EXISTING STUDIES ON ASCENT SHAPES, MATERIAL PROPERTIES, AND HEAT TRANSFER MECHANISMS TO PRODUCE A FIRST ORDER ESTIMATE OF STRESSES IN THE WALL OF A BALLOON WITH EITHER INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL CAPS. THE FACTOR OF SAFETY WHICH IS COMMONLY USED IN THE DESIGN OF ROCKET AND SATELLITE STRUCTURES WILL BE INTRODUCEDTO THE DESIGN OF BALLOONS. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMPLEX MODULUS WHICH IS OBTAINED AT A FIXED FREQUENCY, AND THE RELAXATION MODULUS WHICH IS OBTAINED AT A FIXED STRAIN, WILL BE DOCUMENTED AND A METHOD DEVELOPED FOR THE INTERCHANGE OF DATA.

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