Ph.D. Research Study "Innovative Ray Tracing Algorithms for Space Thermal Analysis"

ESA Contract 20180


Pierre Vueghs (personal) vueghs dot pierre at gmail dot com

Hans Peter de Koning (Supervisor, ESA/ESTEC) Hans-Peter dot de dot Koning at esa dot int

Thermal Analysis
thermal dot analysis at thermal dot esa dot int

Pierre Rochus (Academic Promotor, Univ. de Liege) prochus at ulg dot ac dot be


Here are provided the results of the above PhD research study performed by Pierre Vueghs in the period 2006-2009. The Ph.D. oral defense was successfully held on 9 March 2009 through which Pierre Vueghs earned his doctorate title.

The study was supported jointly by:

Honouring the established policy of the Network of Experts on Space Thermal Analysis (NESTA) the results are made available through the NESTA R&D Pool at They may be used by Persons and Bodies in the ESA Member States and Cooperating States for further development of space thermal analysis capabilities.

The study results are subdivided into three main parts with separate downloads, as per table below.

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Thesis_Pierre_Vueghs_ESA_version.pdf Final version of the Ph.D. thesis itself as a 8MB PDF document Folder Supporting-Information containing internal reports, published papers and presentations in the form of a 42 MB ZIP archive Folder PVTAN containing the development and validation software with source code, models and results in the form of a 77MB ZIP archive

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