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Use of the Long Duration Exposure Facility's thermal measurement system for the verification of thermal modelsResults are presented of the comparison between the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) Thermal Measurements Systems (THERM) recorded temperature data and the predicted values as calculated prior to the LDEF deployment. The postflight thermal model was verified and calculated temperature uncertainties were reduced to under + or - 18 F from the preflight uncertainties of + or - 40 F. The THERM consisted of 8 temperature sensors, a shared tape recorder, a standard LDEF flight battery, and an electronics control box. The temperatures were measured at selected locations on the LDEF structure interior during the first 490 days of flight and recorded for postflight analysis. After the recorder was recovered from space, the tape recorder was recovered and the data reduced for comparison to the LDEF predicted temperatures. By comparing the calculated values to the measured data, a verified thermal model that presents the best agreement with the THERM data was obtained. The THERM experiment provided an economical way of performing a postflight verification of the LDEF Thermal Model by recording a limited number of flight temperatures on typical locations of the LDEF structure.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Berrios, William M.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Instrumentation And Photography
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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