Faculty Advisor

Durgin, William W.

Abstract

The microstructure of three foams and six ablators used as insulating materials on the space shuttles were studied using stereological methods .Compressions test data for BX-250 foam was explored and compared with theoretical stress-strain curves .The foam is strongest in the rise direction with the inclusion of knit lines, the boundaries between layers of sprayed material. The application of the microstructural and test data in the development of finite element models was discussed.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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