Magazine Article

Interlocking Wing-Leading-Edge Thermal-Protection Tiles

TBMG-6965

10/01/2000

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Insulating tiles with interlocking shaped gaps have been developed for use in protecting the leading edges of the wings of aerospacecraft against excessive heating during hypersonic flight (including re-entry into the atmosphere). Other thermal-protection systems have been studied for this application, including those based on active transpiration cooling and heat-sink concepts. These systems have been described extensively in literature during the past thirty years and recently have been proposed for use on two hypersonic vehicles: the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) and the Slender Hypervelocity Aerothermodynamic Research Probe (SHARP). However, because these systems are very heavy and are expensive (millions of dollars) to fabricate and to install, the probability of using these systems in the near term on the surfaces of commercially operated reusable launch vehicles is low.

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"Interlocking Wing-Leading-Edge Thermal-Protection Tiles," Mobility Engineering, October 1, 2000.
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Oct 1, 2000
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TBMG-6965
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English