Node Geometries and Conductances in Spacecraft Thermal Models 951698

Thermal conductances are computed for relatively simple node geometries that are typical of analytical models of spacecraft. Heat-transfer rates computed with these conductances are compared to heat-transfer rates computed from exact, closed-form mathematical formulas. The comparisons show that most accurate results are obtained with rectangular nodal arrangements and with triangular arrangements with interior angles less than ninety degrees. For rectangles, the conductances obtained from finite-difference, finite-element and centroid methods are identical. For triangles, the finite-element conductances are best. For other quadrilateral arrangements and triangles, the centroid method is the most reliable.


Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »


Members save up to 43% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: With TechSelect, you decide what SAE Technical Papers you need, when you need them, and how much you want to pay.