Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A thermal analysis and design tool for small spacecraft
by VanOutryve, Cassandra Belle, M.S., San Jose State University, 2008, 80; 1463378
Abstract (Summary)

SatTherm is a simple thermal analysis tool for small spacecraft that has been developed in collaboration with the Mission Design Center at NASA Ames and San Jose State University. A comparison of the ease of use and accuracy of results is made between SatTherm, and the commercially available Thermal Desktop software by Cullimore & Ring Technologies. Several benchmark cases are presented, including a model of the small spacecraft PharmaSat. The non-steady temperatures predicted by the SatTherm model agree with those predicted by the Thermal Desktop model within 4°C or less. This demonstrates that SatTherm can be a useful tool for the early design stage of a small spacecraft.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Papadopoulos, Periklis
Commitee:
School: San Jose State University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering
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Publication Number: 1463378
ISBN: 9781109076288
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