A Visual Inspection Course for Damage to Carbon/Epoxy Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPV) is offered NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) White Sands Test Facility (WSTF). WSTF is uniquely qualified to teach this course, which was developed primarily as a result of the successful completion of the joint USAF/NASA COPV Program. Additionally, data from multiple damage tolerance programs have been incorporated into the training.
The training is an intensive two-day course that introduces composite pressure vessel technology. It is designed for people involved in composite pressure vessel technology including:
The course covers the component life from procurement through manufacturing, lifetime use, and disposal. It is based on experience with pressure vessel testing and analysis developed at NASA WSTF since inception of the technology in the early 1970s. The course has a specific focus on mechanical damage and propellant/fuel exposure effects on pressure vessels built using carbon fiber. Composed of both theory and practice, this course is structured to allow students to learn about damage characterization and detection and understand the safety aspects of filament wound pressure vessels. Also included is hands-on training on multiple flight weight composite overwrapped pressure vessels with various types of damage.
This course satisfies the baseline training requirements of AIAA S-081, AFSPCMAN 91-710 (Vol. 3 and 6), and KHB 710.2B, Appendix B to Annex E, par 2.0b for trained visual inspections for damage to carbon/epoxy COPVs and is an integral part of the typical COPV manufacturer and/or end user's inspector certification program. Students receive 1.5 Continuing Education Credits (or 15 Professional Development Hours for Professional Engineers) and a certificate of training to the ANSI/AIAA S-081A Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel standard.