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


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: Space stations | Explosions | Aerospace engineering | Aircraft and spacecraft | Metals (material) | Vehicles | Payloads | Manufacturing | United States

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