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Spacecraft Thermal Control (Woodhead Publishing in Mechanical Engineering)
Synopses & Reviews
Thermal control is what allows a satellite to maintain its temperature within set parameters during its lifetime. It covers a very wide temperature range, from the cryogenic level (-270 degrees C) to high-temperature thermal protection systems (more than 2000 degrees C).
The authors, with their extensive experience in aerospace engineering, provide detailed chapters on how to design a Space Thermal Control System comprehensively. They begin with an overview of the basic and specific concepts of a space mission, its development phases, the environment it must withstand, the orbits and trajectories needed to accomplish the mission and the subsystems that help to achieve this, before moving on to explain the fundamentals of heat transfer. The concluding two sections focus on the numerous technologies that can be employed in the thermal control subsystem and the formal aspects of spacecraft development, specifically the design, analysis and testing.
This book covers the necessary material required for engineers to perform the design and qualification of a Space Thermal Control System comprehensively. Beginning with the fundamentals of Space Missions and following with the indispensable background on Heat Transfer, a full description of current thermal control technologies is presented. The overall view details the complete process in the design and validation (analysis and tests) of these systems. Finally relevant data on material properties are given.
About the Author
Professor José Meseguer is a Full Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and the Director of IDR/UPM, an Institute of UPM for Aerospace Research and Development activities; he has worked in several ESA/ESTEC contracts on thermal control (Spacecraft Thermal Control Design Data Handbook).
Dr. Isabel Pérez-Grande is Associate Professor of Thermodynamics at UPM, and the Head of the Thermal Control Division of IDR/UPM. She was responsible for the thermal control design and testing of the satellite UPM-Sat 1, as well as the thermal control of several instruments for ESA missions.
Professor Angel Sanz-Andrés was the technical director of the satellite UPM-Sat 1, and is Full Professor of Aerospace Engineering at UPMl.
Dr. Gustavo Alonso holds the Associate Professor post of Aerospace Engineering at UPM. He worked at ESA/ESTEC from 1990 to 1995 at the Mechanical Systems Department, and from 1995 to 2004 he covered senior technical and management positions at different Spanish Space industries. His overall responsibilities included the research activities of those companies.
Table of Contents
Space systems: The space mission; Space environment; Orbits; Spacecraft subsystems; Space payloads; Fundamentals of heat transfer for spacecraft thermal design: Conductive heat transfer; Thermal radiation heat transfer; in orbit thermal loads; Example: Isothermal satellite surface temperature; Thermal control technologies: Introduction; Surface thermal finishes; Insulation systems; Radiators; Louvers; Mechanical interfaces; Heat pipes; Phase-change materials; Electrical heating; Fluid loops; Thermo-electric cooling; Cryogenic cooling; Thermal protection systems; Thermal control design, Analysis and testing: Thermal control design; Thermal control analysis; Thermal control testing; Examples; Appendix A: Material properties; Appendix B: Geometrical factors.
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