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Thermal Protection / Light Weight Materials Development for Future Air Force Vehicles
Final rept. 1 Apr 2006-31 Jan 2010
TEXAS ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION COLLEGE STATION
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The overall goals of this program are to develop fast thermal dissipation mechanisms for light weight polymer matrix fibrous composites based on moisture evaporative cooling, superconducting heat pipe arrays and thermal ceramic protective coatings for future Air Force vehicles, and associated propulsion systems. In the first year of the program the following technical areas were pursued and their progress is reported on i Moisture diffusion modeling and experimental liquid water capillary flow evaporative cooling together with water soluble chemicals that limit surface emission IR signatures. ii Ultrafast heat pipes as integrated structural members.
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