Olinger, David J
NASA Glenn Reseach Center
The Advanced Docking Berthing System (ADBS) is being developed by NASA as part of new Exploration Initiative to develop an advanced mating system for future orbiting vehicles. Among other design challenges, the ADBS incorporates a seal-on-seal configuration rather than sealing conventionally against a flat surface. This project focused three candidate seal materials of silicone elastomers. The silicone elastomers were mainly tested in the as-received condition to provide a means of comparison for tests performed after exposure to a simulated low-earth orbital environment.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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