Thermal Management Design of a 6U CubeSat with a High-Power Additive Manufacturing Payload Using Analytical Modeling with Experimental Validation
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Mechanical and Civil Engineering
As the capacity of compact battery technology for spacecraft missions continue to improve, small payloads are less constrained by power limitations, thus relatively high-power applications may be considered. AddCube is a mission to develop a platform, conforming to the 6U CubeSat Standard capable of demonstrating on-orbit Additive Manufacturing technology. A critical concern is the development and demonstration of a thermal management design that is capable of handling the significant waste heat generated by the high-power Additive Manufacturing payload while maintaining component temperatures throughout the spacecraft within an acceptable range. This effort includes a trade study for the evaluation of candidate technologies, an analytical model and analysis of spacecraft thermal management design, testing to compare payload isolation and non-isolation from the spacecraft chassis, experimental validation of the analytical model, and development of future work. The thermal management design includes α/ε = 0.0989 coated passive fixed radiators, a passive thermal storage unit utilizing Eicosane as the phase change material, with the support of active heaters to enable a 135W Additive Manufacturing payload to operate in a 100% duty cycle condition.
Fennell, Todd Wayne Jr., "Thermal Management Design of a 6U CubeSat with a High-Power Additive Manufacturing Payload Using Analytical Modeling with Experimental Validation" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 1041.