Development of Organic Sealants for Applications at Cryogenic Temperatures
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The problem of sealing pressurized containers in cryogenic applications has been quite significant in the development of launch vehicles for space applications. Two basic concepts of sealing are involved: (1) seals, such as O-rings, lip seals, flat gaskets, etc., used in sealing joints of cryogenic storage containers and transfer systems, and (2) sealants applied by brush, spatula, or caulking gun, and cured in place for sealing skin portions of such containers as instrument and payload compartments, cryogenic tanks, and other related components of launch vehicles that will be exposed to cryogenic environments.
KeywordsCryogenic Temperature Launch Vehicle Thermal Contraction Butyl Ether Pressurize Container
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