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The Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Daniel Kwon 16.885J Final Presentation December 6, 2005
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2 Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Outline Requirements and design TPS performance and evaluation New requirements Maintenance techniques New technology Conclusions
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3 Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System TPS requirements Orbiter structure temperature < 350 ° F Reusable for 100 missions Maintain integrity Acceptable aerodynamic surface Minimal weight, maintenance, and refurbishment
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4 Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Design summary: Ceramic Tiles High purity silicon Reaction cured glass (RCG) coating SIP Room Temperature Vulcanizer (RTV) Gap Fillers HRSI – black LRSI – white
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5 Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Design summary: RCC Leading edge structure system (LESS) and nose cap All-carbon composite: rayon cloth graphitized & impregnated with resin polymer Regions of orbiter > 2300 ° F Operational temp. of -200 to 3000 ° F LESS consists of 22 RCC panels RCC parts form a hollow shell Æ internal radiation
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6 Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Performance Summary
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