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Re-Entry MaterialsThe major requirement for a re-entry material is that it protect the vehicle from the aerodynamic heating associated with re-entry. A relatively short time ago, the term re-entry brought to mind a ballistic type trajectory and its characteristic heat pulse. Today, however, a variety of thermal re-entry conditions are common due to the various types of vehicles currently of interest. Extremes of re-entry heating-time conditions vary from the relatively low heat flux-long time pulse associated with glide and shallow orbital re-entries through high flux-short time ballistic re-entry to the very high heat flux-moderate time pulse associated with super orbital re-entry. Materials for providing thermal protection, therefore, vary considerably depending upon the type of reentry heat-time pulse. From a functional standpoint, thermal protection materials may be divided into two types; absorptive and radiative. The absorptive material dissipates heat by storage (heat sink) or mass transfer and chemical change (ablation, transpiration or sublimation).
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
D L Kummer (McDonnell Aircraft Corporation Saint Louis, Missouri, United States)
H J Siegel (McDonnell Aircraft Corporation Saint Louis, Missouri, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1962
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the National Meeting on Manned Space Flight (Unclassified Portion)
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Meeting Information
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight(St. Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Refractory material
Thermal protection

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