Thermal Performance of Embedded Heat Pipe Spacecraft Radiator Panels

Paper #:
  • 932158

Published:
  • 1993-07-01
Citation:
Kelly, W. and Reisenweber, J., "Thermal Performance of Embedded Heat Pipe Spacecraft Radiator Panels," SAE Technical Paper 932158, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/932158.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
The embedded heat pipe radiator panel is the thermal foundation for the present and future-generation three-axis-stabilized, geosynchronous communications spacecraft. This paper discusses design guidelines and analyzes the thermal performance of some commonly used heat pipe/panel configurations. Among the designs considered are an in-plane design with heat pipes bonded to each other in overlapping sections, an in-plane design with heat pipes crossing on two levels, and externally mounted heat pipes. The thermal performance parameters are quantified and compared as a function of radiator area and weight.
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