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Title: GPHS-RTG launch accident analysis for Galileo and Ulysses

Abstract

This paper presents the safety program conducted to determine the response of the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) to potential launch accidents of the Space Shuttle for the Galileo and Ulysses missions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided definition of the Shuttle potential accidents and characterized the environments. The Launch Accident Scenario Evaluation Program (LASEP) was developed by GE to analyze the RTG response to these accidents. RTG detailed response to Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) fragment impacts, as well as to other types of impact, was obtained from an extensive series of hydrocode analyses. A comprehensive test program was conducted also to determine RTG response to the accident environments. The hydrocode response analyses coupled with the test data base provided the broad range response capability which was implemented in LASEP.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. General Electric Company, Astro-Space Division, P.O. Box 8555, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101 (US)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5818900
Report Number(s):
CONF-910116-
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X; CODEN: APCPC
DOE Contract Number:  
AC01-79ET32043
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics); (USA)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 217:1; Conference: 8. symposium on space nuclear power systems, Albuquerque, NM (USA), 6-10 Jan 1991; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; SPACE SHUTTLES; ACCIDENTS; JUPITER PLANET; RADIOISOTOPE HEAT SOURCES; ROCKETS; SAFETY ENGINEERING; SPACE TRANSPORT; SPACE VEHICLE COMPONENTS; SUN; THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS; THRUSTERS; AIRCRAFT; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ENGINEERING; HEAT SOURCES; MAIN SEQUENCE STARS; PLANETS; SPACE VEHICLES; STARS; TRANSPORT; VEHICLES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 300302* - Thermoelectric Generators- Performance & Testing; 070300 - Isotopic Power Supplies; 070500 - Isotope & Radiation Source Technology- Health & Safety- (1990-)

Citation Formats

Bradshaw, C T. GPHS-RTG launch accident analysis for Galileo and Ulysses. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.1063/1.40034.
Bradshaw, C T. GPHS-RTG launch accident analysis for Galileo and Ulysses. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.40034
Bradshaw, C T. Tue . "GPHS-RTG launch accident analysis for Galileo and Ulysses". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.40034.
@article{osti_5818900,
title = {GPHS-RTG launch accident analysis for Galileo and Ulysses},
author = {Bradshaw, C T},
abstractNote = {This paper presents the safety program conducted to determine the response of the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) to potential launch accidents of the Space Shuttle for the Galileo and Ulysses missions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided definition of the Shuttle potential accidents and characterized the environments. The Launch Accident Scenario Evaluation Program (LASEP) was developed by GE to analyze the RTG response to these accidents. RTG detailed response to Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) fragment impacts, as well as to other types of impact, was obtained from an extensive series of hydrocode analyses. A comprehensive test program was conducted also to determine RTG response to the accident environments. The hydrocode response analyses coupled with the test data base provided the broad range response capability which was implemented in LASEP.},
doi = {10.1063/1.40034},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5818900}, journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics); (USA)},
issn = {0094-243X},
number = ,
volume = 217:1,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {1}
}

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