Chapter 11. Processing Aspects of the Space Shuttle Orbiter's Ceramic Reusable Surface Insulation

  1. William J. Smothers
  1. Ronald P. Banas,
  2. Edward R. Gzowski and
  3. William T. Larsen

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320129.ch11

Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 4, Issue 7/8

Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 4, Issue 7/8

How to Cite

Banas, R. P., Gzowski, E. R. and Larsen, W. T. (1983) Processing Aspects of the Space Shuttle Orbiter's Ceramic Reusable Surface Insulation, in Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 4, Issue 7/8 (ed W. J. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320129.ch11

Author Information

  1. Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. P.O. Box 504, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1983

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374030

Online ISBN: 9780470320129

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Keywords:

  • isotherms;
  • insulation;
  • fabrication;
  • amorphous;
  • resistance

Summary

The design requirements, manufacturing processes, and physical properties for three reusable surface insulation materials are described. LI-900 and LI-2200 are all-silica systems; FRCI-12 is a composite of silica and alumlnum-borosilicate fibers. The application of process-control procedures during the manufacture of the materials is discussed.