Measurement of Heterogeneous Recombination Probabilities in Shock Tube Simulation of Space Shuttle-Type Reentry

  • N. N. Koudriavtsev


A critical review of shock tube techniques for measuring the heterogeneous recombination probability of atoms on space vehicle surfaces while modeling natural re-entering conditions is presented. Results of the determination of the heterogeneous recombination probability for various types of thermal protection systems of Space Shuttle-type vehicles are given and analyzed.

Key words

Heterogeneous recombination probability Thermal protection system Space Shuttle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. N. Koudriavtsev
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  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyMoscow Region, DolgoprydnyRussia

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