Explosive Metal Working for Space

by A. E. Doherty, Explosive Fabricators Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II

Abstract: As the United States looks towards larger and larger lift vehicles for the transportation of the space station and other large payloads, the application of explosive metalworking becomes a more attractive technology for the production of the components that make up the launch vehicles and space station. This man-rated manufacturing method, which had its start in the 1800's, is providing engineers with a technique to increase strength, reduce weight, and use material combinations for improved performance that are not possible with other manufacturing methods.

Subject Headings: Explosions | Space stations | Metals (chemical) | Metals (material) | Vehicles | Payloads | Manufacturing | North America | United States

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