Passive Orbital Disconnect Strut

  • R. T. Parmley
  • P. Kittel
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 29)


A prior study1 has shown that the weight of a three-year lifetime superfluid helium dewar is cut in half if passive orbital disconnect strut (PODS) supports are used in place of nondiscon-nect, state-of-the-art, fiberglass-tension-band supports. If the same tank sizes are used, the lifetime is tripled. This paper discusses the design concept and heat transfer tests with a cold boundary of 4 K and a warm boundary of up to 40 K for the disconnect mechanism. The results to date show that the support conductance is lower by a factor of greater than ten over equivalent nondisconnect supports and that the measured conductance is lower than the predicted conductance. This support concept can be scaled to any tank size, shape, weight, and acceleration loads and can be used in applications other than tank support where low thermal conductance is desired.


Heater Power Heat Leak Length Adjustment Thermal Link Cold Boundary 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    R. T. Parmley, “Feasibility Study for Long Lifetime Helium Dewar,” NASA-CR166254 (Dec 1981).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. T. Parmley
    • 1
  • P. Kittel
    • 2
  1. 1.Lockheed Palo Alto Research LaboratoryPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

Personalised recommendations