AE3804 Thermal Control of Spacecraft

A solid foundation in heat transfer is the basis for design, testing, operation and evaluation of spacecraft thermal control systems. Therefore, the course examines the three fundamental modes of heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) singly and in combination in one and two dimensions, in unsteady conditions, and involving phase changes, with emphasis on applications to spacecraft design. The course examines thermal environments, thermal design, thermal testing, thermal operation, and integration of thermal design into the overall spacecraft systems. Also considered are unique problems and solutions in spacecraft design integration of thermal control systems. PREREQUISITES: None.

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  • As Required