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A manual for pyrotechnic design, development and qualificationAlthough pyrotechnic devices have been singularly responsible for the success of many of the critical mechanical functions in aerospace programs for over 30 years, ground and in-flight failures continue to occur. Subsequent investigations reveal that little or no quantitative information is available on measuring the effects on performance of system variables or on determining functional margins. Pyrotechnics are considered to be readily available and, therefore, can be managed by any subsystem in which they are applied, such as structure, propulsion, electric power, or life support. The primary purpose of this manual is to alter the concept that the use of pyrotechnics is an art and refute 'justifications' that applications do not need to be understood by providing information on pyrotechnic design, development, and qualification on an engineering basis. Included are approaches to demonstrate functional reliability with less than 10 units, how to manage pyrotechnic-unique requirements, and methods to assure that the system is properly assembled and will perform the required tasks.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Bement, Laurence J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Schimmel, Morry L.
(Schimmel Co. Saint Louis, MO., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1995
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:110172
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 297-50-00-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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