Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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