Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Earl A. Thornton
Surendra N. Tiwari
Stephen G. Cupschalk
John H. Heinbockel
A finite element approach for efficient thermal-structural analysis of structures with thermal protection systems (TPS) is described. The approach is applied to Space Shuttle wing structure configurations subjected to reentry heating. New two and three-dimensional finite elements are developed to model heat transfer in the TPS and supporting structure. A typical TPS/Structural element predicts transient nonlinear temperature variations through the TPS thickness and detailed structural temperatures at the TPS/Structure interface. The accuracy of the TPS/Structure approach in two and three-dimensions is evaluated by comparisons with the conventional approach for various configurations of the wing structure. The results indicate that the approach predicts detailed structural temperature distributions with significant reduction in model size and computer time. The approach offers potential for extension to more complex two and three-dimensional structures.
Tamma, Kumar K..
"On the Space Shuttle Wing Thermal-Structural Analysis"
(1983). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/ntp6-6c39