Structures Technology for NASP 902008

This paper summarizes some of the efforts to advance hypersonic structures technology through the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Structures Technology Maturation Program. The ranges of expected structural loads and results from analysis and test activities are described. Topics briefly covered include shock impingement effects on aerothermal loads, actively-cooled structures concepts and test results to date for leading edges and panels, design and fabrication of a carbon-carbon control surface, a program for predicting performance of metal matrix composites, an analysis and sizing procedure for thermal structures, and some recently-developed test fixtures for seals, thermal insulation, and actively-cooled panels.


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