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Mechanical Attachment of Reusable Surface Insulation to Space Shuttle Primary StructureThree methods of attaching surface insulation tiles to shuttle primary structure have been proposed: direct bond, mechanical attachment, and subpanels with standoffs. The direct bond approach is lightweight but is difficult to refurbish and inspect. The subpanel approach is heavier but allows for easy refurbishment since subpanels are easily removed and replaced. The mechanical attachment approach allows easy refurbishment and inspection and is lightweight when an efficient insulator is used between surface insulation tiles and primary structure.
Document ID
19730024761
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Fleck, R. W. (McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Lehman, J. K. (McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Res. Center Symp. on Reusable Surface Insulation for Space Shuttle, Vol. 3
Subject Category
MACHINE ELEMENTS AND PROCESSES
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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