PAET entry heating and heat protection experiment.A description is given of the thermal characterization of two low-density (270 and 450 kg/cu cm) elastomeric silicone ablators determined during the entry of the NASA Ames Planetary Atmosphere Experiments Test (PAET) vehicle into the earth's atmosphere. The spacecraft configuration, entry parameters, and associated trajectory variables are presented. Measurements of both the surface convective heat transfer rate and pressure on the beryllium nose cap are shown to be within 5% of theory. The predicted and measured internal temperatures are compared at various depths in the forebody and afterbody heat shields. Significant differences observed between experiment and theory for the afterbody thermal response are examined in relation to existing laboratory data.
Vojvodich, N. S. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, Calif., United States)
August 6, 2013
April 1, 1972
Thermodynamics And Combustion
AIAA PAPER 72-326
Meeting: Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference