The ideal gas law and kinetic theory

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Abstract

When a space vehicle such as a space shuttle or a re-entry capsule re-enters the atmosphere, the outside surface of the vehicle can reach up to 1650 oC. Therefore, space vehicles and their occupants need some type of thermal protection during re-entry. This also applies to other space vehicles such as satellites, orbital stations and interplanetary spacecraft. The heat transfer between the vehicle and atmosphere is very complex and includes a number of variables. Thermal protection is one of the central challenges in designing space vehicles that descend through an atmosphere onto a planet surface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysics first Australian and New Zealand Edition
Chapter14
Pages368-388
Edition1st
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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