Failure Analysis of a Launch Vehicle Umbilical Shutter Mechanism During Vibration Qualification

Failure Analysis of a Launch Vehicle Umbilical Shutter Mechanism During Vibration Qualification Payload fairing (PLF) of a launch vehicle is exposed to harsh vibration environments due to jet noise during liftoff and in-flight aerodynamic noise. Accordingly, the systems mounted on the payload fairing are to be qualified for the vibration levels, predicted corresponding to the envelope of acoustic spectrums at critical instants of atmospheric flight. This paper presents a detailed study of a failure observed on the payload cooling umbilical system, mounted on the cylindrical portion of the PLF structure, during its design qualification vibration testing. The umbilical shutter inadvertently opened during the test. The vibration responses on the shutter, the dynamic behavior of the system, and the forces and moments on the mechanism are analyzed, and the physics of failure is understood. The design marginality is identified, and the shutter locking mechanism reconfigured to achieve the desired level of robustness in the system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention Springer Journals

Failure Analysis of a Launch Vehicle Umbilical Shutter Mechanism During Vibration Qualification

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by ASM International
Subject
Materials Science; Tribology, Corrosion and Coatings; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials; Classical Mechanics; Structural Mechanics; Quality Control, Reliability, Safety and Risk
ISSN
1547-7029
eISSN
1864-1245
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11668-018-0442-4
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Abstract

Payload fairing (PLF) of a launch vehicle is exposed to harsh vibration environments due to jet noise during liftoff and in-flight aerodynamic noise. Accordingly, the systems mounted on the payload fairing are to be qualified for the vibration levels, predicted corresponding to the envelope of acoustic spectrums at critical instants of atmospheric flight. This paper presents a detailed study of a failure observed on the payload cooling umbilical system, mounted on the cylindrical portion of the PLF structure, during its design qualification vibration testing. The umbilical shutter inadvertently opened during the test. The vibration responses on the shutter, the dynamic behavior of the system, and the forces and moments on the mechanism are analyzed, and the physics of failure is understood. The design marginality is identified, and the shutter locking mechanism reconfigured to achieve the desired level of robustness in the system.

Journal

Journal of Failure Analysis and PreventionSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 9, 2018

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