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Spacecraft thermal control: leverage an integrated CAE and system simulation approach

July 7, 2021


In today’s competitive context, telecommunications satellites must accommodate higher payload powers while reducing their mass, volume and cost. It leads to conflicting requirements, such as dissipating higher thermal loads with limited radiative surfaces.

One promising innovation for satellite thermal control is the use of an active thermal management system, where a fluid is used to harvest the heat released by the equipment and dispatch it to the radiative surfaces to optimize the heat rejection capabilities of the satellite. Integrating this concept in an operational spacecraft is a complex engineering undertaking. It requires the ability to conduct orbital thermal analyses in combination with actuator models, such as pumps and valves.

To generate the required energy, large solar panels must be deployed and positioned. This is yet another example where combining Simcenter thermal and mechanical capabilities can support actuators sizing, in the challenging context of dealing with the dynamics large flexible appendages.

Satellite thermal analysis

In this webinar, you will find out how to:

  • Leverage Simcenter 3D and system simulation capabilities to support multi-disciplinary design tasks when developing innovative satellite architectures
  • Assess the performance of innovative satellite thermal management systems with active thermal control
  • Streamline the design of deployable structures and their actuators
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