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Space Shuttle Main Engine Hydrogen Pump Impeller Residual Stress Measurements Using Pars (Portable Apparatus for Measurement of Residual Stress)

  • E. B. S. Pardue (a1), M. V. Mathis (a1), R. W. Hendricks (a1) and E. M. Stangeland (a2)

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X-ray residual stress analysis was performed on four space shuttle hydrogen pump impellers made from Ti-5Al-2,5Sn alloy. Five locations on the outer rim, near the vanes, were measured on each impeller, identified as #1, #2,#3, and #4. Impellers #1 and #4 were test-fired impellers, impeller #2 was a new impeller that had been spin tested, and impeller #3 was a new impeller that had not teen spin tested. The measurement locations on these impellers corresponded to areas of critical stress importance. The purpose of the measurements was to compare the stresses at these locations as a function of impeller processing variables. A description of the Impellers, the test parameters and procedures, stress analysis results, and a technical discussion of these results are presented in this report.

A description of the Impellers, the test parameters and procedures, stress analysis results, and a technical discussion of these results are presented in this report.

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Space Shuttle Main Engine Hydrogen Pump Impeller Residual Stress Measurements Using Pars (Portable Apparatus for Measurement of Residual Stress)

  • E. B. S. Pardue (a1), M. V. Mathis (a1), R. W. Hendricks (a1) and E. M. Stangeland (a2)

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