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Monte Carlo Simulation Of Contaminant Transport To And Deposition On Complex Spacecraft Surfaces
Author(s): J. R. Phillips; M. C. Fong; T. D. Panczak
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Paper Abstract

A test molecule Monte Carlo simulation algorithm was devised and tested to compute near equilibrium transitional flow and resulting mass flux on complex surface geometries. The results agreed, within the calculated statistical error of the simulation, with known analytical solutions at the free molecular limit, and gave satisfactory agreement near the continuum limit, when compared to a diffusion model with slip boundary conditions. The effects of the Knudsen number on dimensionless mass exchange factors are considered for slip flow in an aperture geometry. A variety of surface outgassing and surface adsorption-migration kinetics models can be mated with the test molecule simulation to compute surface deposition values. A multimolecular layer model with two-neighbor migration is considered as one such alternative for surface adsorption-migration kinetics. Calculations of surface deposition for heavy chain oil molecules, known as DC-704, are compared to experi-mental data, showing good agreement. This kinetic model can serve as a boundary condition when computing the exchange of mass among various surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1165, Scatter from Optical Components, (2 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962865
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J. R. Phillips, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
M. C. Fong, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
T. D. Panczak, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1165:
Scatter from Optical Components
John C. Stover, Editor(s)

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