Chapter 32. Ceramic Composite Thermal Protection Systems

  1. William Smothers
  1. R. E. Fisher,
  2. C. V. Burkland and
  3. W. E. Bustamante

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320280.ch32

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

Fisher, R. E., Burkland, C. V. and Bustamante, W. E. (1985) Ceramic Composite Thermal Protection Systems, 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.ch32

Author Information

  1. Amercom, Inc. Chatsworth, CA 91311

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:

  • TPS;
  • carbon-carbon;
  • FRCI;
  • CVI;
  • small business innovative research

Summary

High temperature thermal protection system (TPS) concepts employing ceramic matrix composites are described for advanced aeroorbiting vehicles. The characteristics of a TPS structural panel, consisting of a ceramic fiber-reinforced silicon carbide skin, stiffened with an open pore, ceramic foam are discussed, and some preliminary test data presented. The transient thermal response for a 9.8 kg/m2 (2 Ib/ft2) panel is calculated for a high heating rate trajectory using experimental thermal conductivity data.