Experimental Studies of MLI Systems at Very Low Boundary Temperatures

  • I. E. Spradley
  • T. C. Nast
  • D. J. Frank
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 35)


Experimental results for various multilayer insulation (MLI) systems are summarized for two sizes of tank calorimeters. The cold side boundary temperature was normal boiling point (NBP) helium (4.2 K) with hot boundaries between 30 and 130 K. Heat rate data were obtained for double aluminized Mylar (DAM) and double goldized Mylar (DGM) radiation shields and for a wide variety of net spacer materials. The data indicate the temperature regimes in which the application of MLI to the tank reduces heat rates below the rate for a low emissivity surface without MLI. These data are useful in the design of long-life systems which incorporate low-temperature vapor-cooled shields, for example, He-II and solid hydrogen cryostats for long-life space operation.


Thermal Performance Layer Density Boundary Temperature Insulation System Multilayer Insulation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. E. Spradley
    • 1
  • T. C. Nast
    • 1
  • D. J. Frank
    • 1
  1. 1.Research & Development DivisionLockheed Missiles & Space Company, IncPalo AltoUSA

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