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INNOVATIVE THERMAL MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS FOR THERMAL PROTECTION OF FUTURE SPACE VEHICLES

Objective

There are key space technologies existing at European level and during the last space calls many European projects are framed on space re-entry, but none of them dealing with radically new technologies, able to compete with technologies from other leading countries or allowing collaboration with them. The THOR project will provide knowledge in key space technologies for accessing space, through the design and development of disruptive technologies based on novel thermal management concepts which are specifically targeted to atmospheric entries of future space vehicles and hypersonic transport vehicles. This project, including the participation of several SMEs and relevant end-users, aims at the collaboration among them to strengthen the European space sector and enable international cooperation.

The technical approach is focused non-local concepts for thermal management including active cooling as well as passive cooling technologies, in order to extent the capabilities of re-usable Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) towards the requirement of future space flight including hypersonic transport. To achieve this technical target radically new thermal management solutions will be implemented in a new concept of TPS together with innovative materials and unique ceramic structures, reaching a TRL 2-3 at the end of the project. The passive systems will be based on thermal equilibration establishing an efficient heat transfer from highly loaded areas to regions with less loading. New ceramic matrix composites incorporating a new generation of highly thermal conductive fibres will be applied. In addition, active cooling will be implemented by passing a fluid through a ceramic porous structure. The project includes a strong effort on design, modelling and simulation in order to fulfil the technical requirements before integrating the complete TPS. Finally the concepts will be verified by ground tests under realistic entry conditions in high enthalpy facilities.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 644 623
Administrative Contact
Iris Glasmachers (Ms.)

Participants (8)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 283 527
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jorge Barcena (Dr.)
TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 99 640
Address
Ataturk Bulvari 221
06100 Ankara
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Altug Okan (Mr.)
FLUID GRAVITY ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 118 307
Address
West Street, The Old Coach House 1
PO10 7DX Emsworth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Merrifield (Dr.)
Erbicol SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 215 728
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Gianella (Mr.)
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 254 278
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alberto Ortona (Prof.)
AEROSPACE & ADVANCED COMPOSITES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 99 853,75
Address
Viktor Kaplan Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Liedtke (Dr.)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 811
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Massobrio (Mr.)
JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY
Japan
EU contribution
€ 101 000
Address
Jindaiji Higashi Machi 7-44-1
182-8522 Tokyo Chofu Shi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Katsuhiro Ito (Dr.)