Use of MSC/NASTRAN for the thermal analysis of the Space Shuttle Orbiter braking systemA description is given of the thermal modeling and analysis effort being conducted to investigate the transient temperature and thermal stress characteristics of the Space Shuttle Orbiter brake components and subsystems. Models are constructed of the brake stator as well as of the entire brake assembly to analyze the temperature distribution and thermal stress during the landing and braking process. These investigations are carried out on a UNIVAC computer system with MSC/NASTRAN Version 63. Analytical results and solution methods are presented and comparisons are made with SINDA results.
Shu, James (Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Co., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Mccann, David (Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Co., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)