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Centaur Standard Shroud (CSS) static ultimate load structural testsA series of tests were conducted on the jettisonable metallic shroud used on the Titan/Centaur launch vehicle to verify its structural capabilities and to evaluate its structural interaction with the Centaur stage. A flight configured shroud and the interfacing Titan/Centaur structural assemblies were subjected to tests consisting of combinations of applied axial and shear loads to design ultimate values, including a set of tests on thermal conditions and two dynamic response tests to verify the analytical stiffness model. The strength capabilities were demonstrated at ultimate (125 percent of design limit) loads. It was also verified that the spring rate of the flight configured shroud-to-Centaur forward structural deflections of the specimen became nonlinear, as expected, above limit load values. This test series qualification program verified that the Titan/Centaur shroud and the Centaur and Titan interface components are qualified structurally at design ultimate loads.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1975
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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