Decoding the evolution of rear impact morphologies on the Hubble Space Telescope Solar Array

Herbert, M.K. and Kay, L. and McDonnell, J.A.M. (1997) Decoding the evolution of rear impact morphologies on the Hubble Space Telescope Solar Array. In: ESA Special Publications. ESA Special Publications , 399. European Space Agency pp. 461-468. ISBN 92-9092-279-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Front-back impact damage on glass faced I-IST solar cells generated by rear-incident impactors, has remained relatively unexamined in preference to front-incident phenomena. Representing in excess of one-third of the total damage on the retrieved I-IST solar array, front-back impacts are an important phenomena in the study of hypervelocity impacts in terms of scale, directional flux and their physical impact process. Preliminary analysis and comparison of 215 space and 41 laboratory generated impacts was performed. All front-back morphology classes observed on HST solar array were successfully reproduced by experimentation and their theorised progressive evolution with impactor energy verified. The rear-incident ballistic limit of the target was established. Spallation demonstrated a dependence with cone crack angle implying relevance to indentation fracture mechanics. Provisional damage equations were formulated on a morphology class basis.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 03 May 2009 10:19
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