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Course Postgraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code AE818
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 ra- diative 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 , 7 th ed., John Wiley (2011).

2. Chapra, S. C. and Canale, R. P., Numerical Methods for Engineers , 7 th 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).