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Course Undergraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code AE490
Subject Title Heat Transfer in Space Applications


Introduction Spacecraft Thermal Control: need of spacecraft thermal control – temperature specification – energy balance in a spacecraft – modes of heat transfer – factors that influence energy balance in a spacecraft – principles of spacecraft thermal control.

Spacecraft Thermal Analysis: formulation of energy – momentum and continuity equations for problems in spacecraft heat transfer – development of discretized equation – treatment of radiative heat exchange (for non-participative media based on radiosity and Gebhart method) – incorporation of environmental heat flux in energy equation – numerical solution methods – input parameters required for analysis.

Spacecraft Thermal Environments: launch and ascent – earth bound orbits – interplanetary mission and reentry mission.

Devices and Hardware for Spacecraft TCS (Principles & Operation): passive thermal control - mechanical joints – heat sinks and doublers – phase change materials – thermal louvers and switches – heat pipes – thermal coating materials – thermal insulation – ablative heat transfer – active thermal control techniques: electrical heaters, HPR fluid systems, space borne cooling systems.

Design and Analysis of Spacecraft: application of principles described above for development
of spacecraft TCS.

Text Books

Same as Reference


1. Incropera, F. P. and DeWitt, D. P., Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 7th ed., John Wiley (2011).

2. Chapra, S. C. and Canale, R. P., Numerical Methods for Engineers, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill (2014).

3. Pattan, B., Satellite Systems: Principles and Technologies, Chapman & Hall (1993).

4. Meyer, R. X., Elements of Space Technology, Academic Press (1999). 5. Gilmore, D. G. (Ed.), Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook, Volume I: Fundamental Technologies, 2nd ed., The Aerospace Press, AIAA (2002).