COPV Damage Detection Course Instructors
Tommy B. Yoder (B.S. Mechanical Eng., NMSU) is the composite pressure vessel and structures group leader for ongoing programs at NASA WSTF. This includes impact, stress rupture, and sustained load testing of Kevlar®, Carbon, and Zylon® composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). He is also currently involved in the AIAA COPV and NGV2 standards working groups, as well as a member of technical advisory groups for the NESC, STS, ISS, CEV, and NGV2 visual inspection certification. He was senior test conductor for the joint USAF/NASA COPV damage tolerance and detection program, APU Fuel tank fleet leader program, and the ATLAS V solid rocket motor case visual damage threshold program.