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Course unit
IN02119755, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0526, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SPAZIALE [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination THERMAL CONTROL OF AEROSPACE VEHICLES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MICHELE DE CARLI ING-IND/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/10 Technical Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Thermodynamics and heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)
Target skills and knowledge: The student should achieve:
- Knowledge of heat and mass transfer processes with humid air
- Knowledge of heat transfer processes in space
- Knowledge of fundamental aspects of spacecraft thermal control
Examination methods: Written test: problems and questions on the theory
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the topics presented during the course
Course unit contents: Psychrometrics.
Thermodynamic properties of moist air. Diagrams (x-h, h-x). Typical processes.

Heat transfer.
Extended surfaces. Fin performance.
Heat transfer from combustion gases: carbon dioxide and water vapor.
Liquid and gas flow in microchannels for electronics cooling.
Heat transfer with phase change: condensation and vaporisation .

Thermal control in space
Heat fluxes in space. Spacecraft thermal enviroments (direct solar radiation, albedo, earth IR etc.).
Thermal surface finishes, multilayered insulation, heat pipes, thermoelectric coolers, phase change materials, louvers, pumped fluid loops.
Cryogenic systems. Thermal contact resistance. Radiators.
Thermal control of an aircraft cabin.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures based on handouts (lecture notes) previously provided to students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure