Transpiration Cooled Porous Type Vi Silica Rocket Windows


A novel use of sol-gel derived porous Type VI silica for high performance rocket guidance system windows is evaluated. The samples produced for this study were optically transparent hydrofluoric and/or nitric acid catalyzed tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) xerogel monoliths with average pore radii of 1.2, 5.0, and 8.Onm. Maximum He transpiration velocities of up to 3 cm/sec, 3 times the velocity needed for transpiration cooling, are measured for a 5.0 nm sample at 3.2 MPa. Transpiration velocities of 0.6 cm/sec result in cooling effects as large as 44°C from 160°C.

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Fosmoe, A.G., Hench, L.L. Transpiration Cooled Porous Type Vi Silica Rocket Windows. MRS Online Proceedings Library 180, 843 (1990).

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