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Kevlar 49/epoxy composite is growing in use as a structural material because of its high strength-to-weight ratio. Currently, it is used for the Trident rocket motor case and for various pressure vessels on the Space Shuttle. In 1979, we published the initial results for aging of filament-wound cylindrical pressure vessels which were manufactured with preproduction Kevlar 49 . This preproduction fiber was called PRD 49 III. This report updates the continuing study to 10-year data and also presents 7.5-year data for spherical pressure vessels wound with production Kevlar 49. For completeness, this report will again describe the specimens of the original study with PRD 49 as well as specimens for the new study with Kevlar 49.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Stock #: CTR10811J