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Woven TPS – A Revolutionary Approach to Tailorable TPS Design and Manufacturing for Thermal Management Systems and Entry, Descent and Landing Systems

Principal Investigator: Don Ellerby

Brief Description of Project:
The thermal protection material system (TPS) is the barrier that protects the space vehicle from atmospheric entry heating. Woven TPS is a concept that leverages the mature weaving technology that has evolved from the textile industry to design TPS with tailorable performance by varying a material’s composition and properties by the controlled placement of fibers within a woven structure. The resulting woven TPS can be designed to perform optimally for a wide range of aerothermal environments encompassing NASA’s future mission needs.