General-purpose heat source safety verification test series: SVT-11 through SVT-13

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) is a modular component of the radioisotope thermoelectric generator that will provide power for the Galileo and Ulysses (formerly ISPM) space missions. The GPHS provides power by transmitting the heat of /sup 238/Pu ..cap alpha..-decay to an array of thermoelectric elements. Because the possibility of an orbital abort always exists, the heat source was designed and constructed to minimize plutonia release in any accident environment. The Safety Verification Test (SVT) series was formulated to evaluate the effectiveness of GPHS plutonia containment after atmospheric reentry and Earth impact. The first two reports (covering SVT-1 through SVT-10) ... continued below

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George, T.G. & Pavone, D. May 1, 1986.

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) is a modular component of the radioisotope thermoelectric generator that will provide power for the Galileo and Ulysses (formerly ISPM) space missions. The GPHS provides power by transmitting the heat of /sup 238/Pu ..cap alpha..-decay to an array of thermoelectric elements. Because the possibility of an orbital abort always exists, the heat source was designed and constructed to minimize plutonia release in any accident environment. The Safety Verification Test (SVT) series was formulated to evaluate the effectiveness of GPHS plutonia containment after atmospheric reentry and Earth impact. The first two reports (covering SVT-1 through SVT-10) described the results of flat, side-on, and angular module impacts against steel targets at 54 m/s. This report describes flat-on module impacts against concrete and granite targets, at velocities equivalent to or higher than previous SVTs.

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  • Other: DE86013624
  • Report No.: LA-10710-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/5664400 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5664400
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1093605

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  • May 1, 1986

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George, T.G. & Pavone, D. General-purpose heat source safety verification test series: SVT-11 through SVT-13, report, May 1, 1986; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1093605/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.