Accession Number : ADA308170

Title :   Thermal Protection System of the Space Shutt1e.

Descriptive Note : Contractor rept.,

Corporate Author : RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Personal Author(s) : Cleland, John ; Iannetti, Francesco

PDF Url : ADA308170

Report Date : JUN 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 294

Abstract : The Thermal Protection System (TPS) of the Space Shuttle is one of the most important and successful accomplishments of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The TPS introduced and continues to incorporate many of the advances in materials over the past two decades. This review provides a comprehensive, single-volume summary of the TPS, including system design rationales, key design features, and broad descriptions of the subsystems of TPS (e.g., reusable surface insulation, leading edge structural, and penetration subsystems). Details of all elements of TPS development and application are covered--materials properties, manufacturing, modeling, testing, installation, and inspection. Disclosures and inventions are listed and potential commercial application of TPS-related technology is discussed.

Descriptors :   *COMPOSITE MATERIALS, *CERAMIC COATINGS, *CERAMIC MATERIALS, *SPACE SHUTTLES, *AERODYNAMIC HEATING, *HEAT RESISTANT MATERIALS, HEAT TRANSFER, REENTRY VEHICLES, CARBON CARBON COMPOSITES, HEAT SHIELDS, LEADING EDGES, AEROTHERMODYNAMICS, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, THERMAL STRESSES, SEALING COMPOUNDS, TILES, FILLERS, THERMAL INSULATION.

Subject Categories : Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
      Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
      Laminates and Composite Materials
      Thermodynamics
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE