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Phase change materials handbookThis handbook is intended to provide theory and data needed by the thermal design engineer to bridge the gap between research achievements and actual flight systems, within the limits of the current state of the art of phase change materials (PCM) technology. The relationship between PCM and more conventional thermal control techniques is described and numerous space and terrestrial applications of PCM are discussed. Material properties of the most promising PCMs are provided; the purposes and use of metallic filler materials in PCM composites are presented; and material compatibility considerations relevant to PCM design are included. The engineering considerations of PCM design are described, especially those pertaining to the thermodynamic and heat transfer phenomena peculiar to PCM design. Methods of obtaining data not currently available are presented. The special problems encountered in the space environment are described. Computational tools useful to the designer are discussed. In summary, each aspect of the PCM problem important to the design engineer is covered to the extent allowed by the scope of this effort and the state of the art.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Hale, D. V.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hoover, M. J.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Oneill, M. J.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 2, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1971
Subject Category
Thermodynamics And Combustion
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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