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Meeting Materials Science & Technology 2016
Symposium Thermal Protection Materials and Systems
Thomas Squire, NASA Ames Research Center
Jeff DeMange, University of Toledo
Scope Thermal protection materials protect vehicles from the high temperatures experienced during entry into a planetary atmosphere, hypersonic flight, or exposure to extreme conditions during spaceflight. Entry and flight place specific and critical demands on the materials used to protect the spacecraft. The combination of properties required for efficient and reliable performance depend on vehicle design, shape, size, trajectory, and atmospheric composition among others. The design and use of such materials requires knowledge of the requirements placed upon materials and the approaches to achieve and measure those properties.

This symposium will focus on
- The development of new or improved thermal protection materials of all material classes, including ceramics, polymers, composites and metals
- Property measurement and characterization
- Testing of materials in relevant environments
- Materials response modeling
- Thermostructural analysis
- Computational materials approaches to design and behavior
- Characterization of flown materials.

Papers in all the above or related areas are appropriate.
Abstracts Due 03/31/2016
Proceedings Plan Undecided

Characterization and Modeling of Microstructure-sensitive Damage Formation/Propagation in Ceramic Continuous Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites in Extreme Environments
Determination of the Mechanical Properties of the ZURAM Ablative Material
Ground Testing of Meteoroid Ablation for Atmospheric Entry
High Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Hafnium Carbide-tantalum Carbide Solid Solutions Prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering
In-situ Studies of the Pyrolysis of Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA)
Influence of Aerogel Morphology and Reinforcement Architecture on Gas Convection in Aerogel Composites
Investigation of Effective Material Properties of Stony Meteorites
Reducing Gasoline Evaporation from Vehicle Fuel Tanks by Thermal Insulating the Storage Tank
Silicon Carbide / Carbon Fibers for Use in Composites
Tantalum and Tantalum-based Ceramic Coatings for Extremely Corrosive Environments
Thermal Testing of Ablators in the NASA Johnson Space Center Radiant Heat Test Facility
Tribological Studies of Dynamic Thermal Seals against Thermal Protection Materials
Unlocking the Thermal Protection Potential of Ceramic Matrix Composites

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