End-on radioisotope thermoelectric generator impact tests

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of [sup 238]Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). The modular GPHS design was developed to address both survivability during launch abort and return from orbit. The first two RTG Impact Tests were designed to provide information on the response of a fully loaded RTG to end-on impact against a concrete target. The results of these tests indicated that at impact velocities up to 57 m/s the converter shell and internal components protect the GPHS capsules from excessive deformation. ... continued below

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Reimus, M.A.H. & Hhinckley, J.E. January 1, 1997.

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The General-Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) provides power for space missions by transmitting the heat of [sup 238]Pu decay to an array of thermoelectric elements in a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). The modular GPHS design was developed to address both survivability during launch abort and return from orbit. The first two RTG Impact Tests were designed to provide information on the response of a fully loaded RTG to end-on impact against a concrete target. The results of these tests indicated that at impact velocities up to 57 m/s the converter shell and internal components protect the GPHS capsules from excessive deformation. At higher velocities, some of the internal components of the RTG interact with the GPHS capsules to cause excessive localized deformation and failure.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96014456

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  • Space technology and applications international forum (STAIF - 97), Albuquerque, NM (United States), 26-30 Jan 1997

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  • Other: DE96014456
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-2816
  • Report No.: CONF-970115--3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 439005
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc682876

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Reimus, M.A.H. & Hhinckley, J.E. End-on radioisotope thermoelectric generator impact tests, article, January 1, 1997; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc682876/: accessed September 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.