Applications of thermal insulation-4

- Jun 15, 2018-

Refrigeration

A refrigerator consists of a heat pump and a thermally insulated compartment.

Spacecraft[edit]


Thermal insulation on the Huygens probe


Cabin insulation of a Boeing 747-8 airliner

Launch and re-entry place severe mechanical stresses on spacecraft, so the strength of an insulator is critically important (as seen by the failure of insulating tiles on the Space Shuttle Columbia, which caused the shuttle airframe to overheat and break apart during reentry, killing the astronauts onboard). Re-entry through the atmosphere generates very high temperatures due to compression of the air at high speeds. Insulators must meet demanding physical properties beyond their thermal transfer retardant properties. Examples of insulation used on spacecraft include reinforced carbon-carbon composite nose cone and silica fiber tiles of the Space Shuttle. See also Insulative paint.