Chapter 31. Development of a Protective Ceramic Coating for Shuttle Orbiter Advanced Flexible Reusable Surface Insulation (AFRSI)

  1. William Smothers
  1. D. Mui and
  2. H. M. Clancy

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320280.ch31

Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 6, Issue 7/8

Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 6, Issue 7/8

How to Cite

Mui, D. and Clancy, H. M. (1985) Development of a Protective Ceramic Coating for Shuttle Orbiter Advanced Flexible Reusable Surface Insulation (AFRSI), in Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 6, Issue 7/8 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320280.ch31

Author Information

  1. Rockwell International Space Transportation Systems Div. Downey, CA 90241

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374337

Online ISBN: 9780470320280

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Keywords:

  • AFRSI;
  • OMS;
  • teflon-coated;
  • challenger;
  • rockwell

Summary

Fibrous insulation blankets are now used in place of white tiles in low-temperature areas of the orbiter thermal protection system. During the first flight, extensive blanket damage was experienced. Development of an air-drying ceramic coating which is applied to AFRSI in minimal quantity to enhance blanket durability under reentry aero thermal conditions is discussed.