Aerospace Thermal-Structural Testing Technology

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Earl A. Thornton

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, University of Virginia, Thornton Hall, McCormick Rd, Charlottesville VA 22903-2442

Appl. Mech. Rev 50(9), 477-498 (Sep 01, 1997) (22 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3101738 History: Online April 20, 2009


This review article describes aerospace thermal-structural testing technology. It begins with discussions of aerodynamic heating and space radiation heating. The review continues with a general discussion of thermal-structural test technology including heating and cooling, instrumentation, and thermal-structural boundary conditions. Then illustrative thermal structural tests are presented for high speed flight in the atmosphere and flight in space. Experiments conducted in the laboratory as well as flight tests are described. Several experiments are reviewed to demonstrate the diversity of thermal-structural phenomena. This article includes 120 references.

Copyright © 1997 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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