The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 593–619 | Cite as

Transient aero-thermal mapping of passive Thermal Protection system for nose-cap of Reusable Hypersonic Vehicle

  • Shripad P. MahulikarEmail author
  • Shashank Khurana
  • Ritesh Dungarwal
  • Sushil G. Shevakari
  • Jayakumar Subramanian
  • Amit V. Gujarathi


The temperature field history of passive Thermal Protection System (TPS) material at the nose-cap (forward stagnation region) of a Reusable Hypersonic Vehicle (RHV) is generated. The 3-D unsteady heat transfer model couples conduction in the solid with external convection and radiation that are modeled as time-varying boundary conditions on the surface. Results are presented for the following two cases: (1) nose-cap comprised of ablative TPS material only (SIRCA/PICA), and (2) nose-cap comprised of a combination of ablative TPS material with moderate thermal conductivity and insulative TPS material. Comparison of the temperature fields of SIRCA and PICA [Case (1)] indicates lowering of the peak stagnation region temperatures for PICA, due to its higher thermal conductivity. Also, the use of PICA and insulative TPS [Case (2)] for the nose-cap has higher potential for weight reduction than the use of ablative TPS alone.


Radiative Heat Transfer Stagnation Region Heat Flow Rate Heat Spreading Thermal Protection System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shripad P. Mahulikar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shashank Khurana
    • 1
  • Ritesh Dungarwal
    • 1
  • Sushil G. Shevakari
    • 1
  • Jayakumar Subramanian
    • 1
  • Amit V. Gujarathi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology BombayIndia

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