- Oct 9, 2009
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Massive glass has potential as a structural material for a
variety of high efficiency, deep ocean applications. However, neither the
existing data on massive glass nor current industrial production capability
are adequate for the task. This is especially true in producing a man-rated
glass pressure hull by a target date of 1990.
The application of glass as a structural material for deep
submergence has been reviewed and evaluated in this report. Specific areas
of glass technology requiring research, development, testing and evaluation
effort are described. A structural design scale-up program using models
and full-size pressure hulls is suggested. Concurrent materials studies,
design evaluation programs, and production development are recommended.