Thermal Performance of Tank Applied Multilayer Insulations
Multilayer insulations show considerable promise in reducing heat flow to stored cryogenic propellants from a space environment. The investigation reported in this paper was conducted to develop combinations of shields and spacers that produce the lowest heat flux for the lowest system weight as well as to develop the techniques of applying the system to tanks. In addition, a number of tests were performed with a calibrated helium gas leak on the underside of the insulation to simulate propellant-tank leaks in space.
KeywordsHeat Flux Thermal Performance Insulation System Cylindrical Section Solid Conduction
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