Integrating Finite Element Analysis into the Spacecraft Thermal Analysis Process

Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) Project: May 2004 - April 2005

Contacts

James Etchells
ESTEC/ESA
James dot Etchells at esa dot int

Harrie Rooijackers
ATG Europe
Harrie dot Rooijackers at atg-europe dot com
harrie at thermal dot esa dot int

Thermal Analysis
ESTEC/ESA
thermal dot analysis at thermal dot esa dot int

Scope

There are many steps in the spacecraft thermal analysis process such as conductor generation, pre/post-processing and mapping of temperatures to a structural model. This report seeks to identify some of the key steps in this process and to assess where the use of FEA may be beneficial. Furthermore, in order to aid the integration of FEA into the thermal analysis process, several tools have been developed and these will be presented within the report. The key objectives of the investigation are:

Research Objectives
Objectives for the Development of Tools

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