National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Paper Submissions

The Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop 2016 includes short courses of general interest in thermal and fluids, discussions on special topics, hands-on training sessions in many thermal and fluid software packages, vendor demonstrations and paper sessions on the topics that cover Active Thermal/Fluids, Passive Thermal, Aerothermal, and Interdisciplinary.  Submissions in relevant topic areas such as thermal testing, heat pipes, and cryogenics will also be accepted.

Export Control (e.g. ITAR) restricted sessions may be offered based on demand.

Final Submission Templates

Authors should use the provided submission templates for their final presentation and/or manuscript.  In addition, you must complete and submit the TFAWS 2016 Permission to Publish for any abstract, paper, or presentation to be included in the TFAWS sessions.

Session Descriptions

Active Thermal/Fluids

  • Fluids and CFD: analysis, design and test for space and aeronautics
  • Active thermal systems and control: components, thermal systems, analysis and testing
  • Life support: environmental control and life support systems
  • Analytical model correlation to existing test or flight data
  • Cryogenic Fluid Systems

Passive Thermal

  • Passive thermal systems & control: design, analysis, build, and test for space and aeronautics
  • Spacecraft thermal protection systems, ablative systems, plume impingement, ascent and entry aerothermal heating
  • Radiative heat transfer, analytical and experimental approaches
  • Studies related to MLI, coatings, thermophysical/optical properties, and surface finishes
  • Ground test, manufacturing processes, and simulation
  • Plume impingement effects on ground support elements
  • Analytical model correlation to existing test or flight data


  • Aerothermodynamics: design, analysis, build, and test for space and aeronautics
  • Aeroheating environments: ascent, on-orbit, re-entry
  • Plume impingement, on-orbit contamination
  • Free molecular heat transfer, analytical and experimental approaches
  • Analytical model correlation to existing test or flight data


  • Multi-disciplinary problems: design, analysis, build, and test for space and aeronautics
  • Integrated analyses of chemical reactions, electromagnetic interactions, micromechanics, structural motion
  • Technology innovations, current and in-development
  • Creating environments of inclusion to enable innovation
  • Lessons learned
  • Various fluid management and modeling techniques as applied to propulsion
  • Vibration and acoustics in the launch environment
  • Modeling or testing error approximation and verification/validation techniques

Abstract and Paper Submission Guidelines

The abstract submission deadline has now passed.  Additional information can be found in the TFAWS 2016 Call For Papers.

Abstracts can be 200-1000 words and should include the following:

  • A title and description of the paper or presentation to be submitted
  • An indication of what is unique about the work
  • An assessment of data, results and conclusions that are available
  • A status of the state of the work (concept, development, testing, completed study)

A manuscript template will be provided to authors.  Full papers are encouraged but not required to give conference presentations.  Typically, twenty minutes will be allotted for each paper, and ten additional minutes for questions from the audience.  Additional time may be requested.  Instructions for electronic manuscript submission will accompany acceptance of abstract.  It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that presentation content is not restricted by law, contract or prohibited in any way from being presented at this conference.  Manuscripts and presentations are due by July 27.

Questions regarding content and submissions should be directed to the session chairs designated below.  General questions and inquiries into contributing papers or presentations post-deadline can be directed to Monica Guzik at (216-433-3317).

 Session Topic Name Phone Email Center
Active Thermal Ryan Edwards (216) 433-5457 GRC
A.J. Mastropietro (818) 354-4338  JPL
Passive Thermal/
Heat Pipes
 William Walker  (281) 483-0434 JSC
Ruwan Somawardhana (818) 354-5477  JPL
Aerothermal  Joshua Fody (757) 864-3424  LaRC
Interdisciplinary Eric Lira (321) 867-1968 KSC
Timothy Risch (661) 276-6720 AFRC


Submitted work must be unclassified and approved for public release by the appropriate company and/or government agencies. Please allot time for this authorization process. Government employees are expected to complete Document Availability Authorization (DAA) paperwork. The submission must be original work from the author without any portion of the material infringing on any copyright.