The New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories conducted a series of experiments to improve the accuracy ofÂ computer simulations or field tests of flight vibrations through theÂ High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket Program.Â
A team led by Greg Tipton, an SNL structural dynamics engineer,Â installed pea-sized vibration measurement instruments withinÂ HOT SHOT rockets and analyzed data from the onboard sensors to determine the effects of a launch missionÂ on nuclear deterence technology prototypes, Sandia said Friday. In another test, Tipton and his team integrated over a dozen experimental tools onto two sounding rockets and examinedÂ the possibility of predicting vibrations at any location in space.
âFlight gives you combined environments that you wouldnât get on the ground,â Tipton said. “Itâs spinning and itâs accelerating and itâs vibrating, there are shocks. Itâs a whole different kind of environment.â
According to the lab, data collection effortsÂ could foster the development of missile components that address power, size andÂ weight requirements. The Sandia team also plans to study vibrating patches and acoustics to simulate complex vibrational patterns.
A Honeywell InternationalÂ subsidiary operates the multiprogram engineering and science facilityÂ for the Department of Energyâs National Nuclear Security Administration.