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Thermal and mechanical performance of a carbon-carbon composite spacecraft radiator
Author(s): Jonathan L. Kuhn; Steve M. Benner; C. Dan Butler; Eric A. Silk
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Paper Abstract

Carbon-carbon composite materials offer greater thermal efficiency, stiffness to weight ratio, tailorability, and dimensional stability than aluminum. These lightweight thermal materials could significantly reduce the overall cost associated with satellite thermal control and weight. However, the high cost and long lead-time for carbon-carbon manufacture have limited their widespread usage. Consequently, an informal partnership between government and industrial personnel called the Carbon-Carbon spacecraft Radiator Partnership (CSRP) was created to foster carbon- carbon composite use for thermally and structurally demanding space radiator applications. The first CSRP flight opportunity is on the New Millennium Program Earth Orbiter-1 (EO-1) spacecraft, scheduled for launch in late 1999. For EO-1, the CSRP designed and fabricated a Carbon-Carbon Radiator with carbon-carbon facesheets and aluminum honeycomb core, which will also serve as a structural shear panel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 1999
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 3786, Optomechanical Engineering and Vibration Control, (28 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363792
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan L. Kuhn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steve M. Benner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. Dan Butler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eric A. Silk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3786:
Optomechanical Engineering and Vibration Control
Eddy A. Derby; Daniel Vukobratovich; Carl H. Zweben; Eddy A. Derby; Colin G. Gordon; Daniel Vukobratovich; Paul R. Yoder; Carl H. Zweben; Colin G. Gordon, Editor(s)

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