National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Short Courses

Presentation Intent due May 5, Abstracts due May 19

Technical Short Courses

A Technical Short Course is a discussion or lecture on a thermal, aerothermal, or fluids topic with a duration of one to three hours.  Technical material should be applicable to NASA/aerospace missions.  A technical panel of experts with group discussion can also be proposed.  Paper, easel and large screen will be provided for the course.  Please propose short course ideas to by May 5, 2017.

IF proposed short course is approved the following information is needed by May 19, 2017:

  1. Title of course
  2. A 300-word abstract describing the outline of the course material
  3. Presenter(s) name, affiliation and biography
  4. Is course material SBU or ITAR
  5. Any special needs/requests for room setup or equipment
  6. Full presentation material is requested by July 28, 2017.

Previous years’ short courses summaries can be found at:

TFAWS 2014
TFAWS 2015
TFAWS 2016

As proposals are approved, they will be listed below.

On Orbit Thermal Environments
By Steve Rickman (JSC-C104)

Spacecraft on-orbit thermal control analyses are driven by environmental heating conditions. This math-based course provides a detailed introduction to the on-orbit thermal environment. Students will gain an understanding of the factors used to derive solar flux, albedo, and planetary infrared heating and how they are applied in real analyses. Expressions for environmental heating parameters will be derived. The beta angle is explored in detail including its derivation and its effect on the on-orbit thermal environment. The course concludes with illustrative examples designed to enhance the students’ insights into on-orbit environmental heating.


Introduction to Life Support Systems
By Jay Perry (MSFC-ES62), Dr. Morgan Abney (MSFC-ES62) and Dr. Jim Knox (MSFC-ES62)

This course provides an introduction to the design and development of life support systems to sustain humankind in the harsh environment of space. The life support technologies necessary to provide a respirable atmosphere and clean drinking water are emphasized in the course. A historical perspective, beginning with open loop systems employed on the earliest crewed spacecraft through the state-of-the-art life support technology utilized on the ISS (International Space Station) today, will provide a framework for students to consider applications to possible future exploration missions and destinations which may vary greatly in duration and scope. Development of future technologies as well as guiding requirements for designing life support systems for crewed exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit are also considered in the course.


Launch Vehicle Base Flows
By Dr. Manish Mehta (MSFC-EV33)

This course will discuss the gas dynamics for multi-rocket engine launch vehicle base flows during lift-off to main-engine cut-off (MECO) and the technical challenges with predictions of such complex flows. The seminar will also present NASA heritage and innovative methods to accurately estimate base heating and pressure environments for launch vehicles including the Space Launch System, which is currently being built.


Ablative Thermal Protection System Fundamentals
By Robin Beck (ARC-TSS)

This is a short course that covers the fundamentals of ablative thermal protection systems. It covers the definition of ablation, description of ablative materials, how they work, how to analyze them and how to model them.


Numerical Modeling of Cryogenic Fluid Management
By Dr. Alok Majumdar (MSFC-ER43)

This short course describes the basics of finite volume procedure in a fluid network and several applications of Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM) using NASA’s Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP).  The applications include chilldown of cryogenic transfer line, no vent chill and fill, boil-off and self-pressurization of cryogenic tank. Modeling of two phase flow, phase change and conjugate heat transfer are the highlights of these application problems.


Space Launch System (SLS) Thermal Panel Session
By SLS Engineering (Both NASA and Prime Contractors)

This technical interchange meeting will cover past, current and future SLS technical issues and proposed mitigating strategies in the disciplines of aerothermodynamics, thermal analysis and thermal protection systems. The panel members are experts in these disciplines and this panel will provide the current “thermal” state of the heavy-lift launch vehicle.  The panel members will give a short overview of some of the challenges and then have open discussion with the audience to answer any questions.


Future of NASA Aerosciences
By Mark D’Agostino (MSFC-EV33) and Dr. Dave Schuster (LARC-C104)

Mr. D’Agostino will present an overview of the strategic direction of NASA Aerosciences over the next several decades.  Physics-Based Integrated System Simulation is the ultimate goal enabled by a combination of the five main Aerosciences sub-disciplines.  The desired future state of Aerosciences will provide accurate, efficient flight simulation to support the design and qualification process while providing guidance to engineers.