National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Paper/Presentation Submissions

The Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop 2018 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, Aerothermal, Cryothermal, Interdisciplinary, and Passive Thermal. Submissions in relevant topic areas such as thermal testing, heat pipes, and system design may also be accepted.

TFAWS 2018 is now accepting technical paper session abstracts through May 25, 2018 EXTENDED TO JUNE 8, 2018.

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 2018 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

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


  • Cryogenic system design: design, analysis, build, and test
  • Cryogenic Fluid Systems
  • Gas compression technologies
  • Passive multistage cryogenic radiators

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

Abstract and Paper Submission Guidelines

The abstract submission deadline is May 25, 2018 EXTENDED TO JUNE 8, 2018. Additional information can be found in the TFAWS 2018 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 August 3, 2018.

Questions regarding content and submissions should be directed to the session chairs designated below.  General questions and inquiries into contributing papers or presentations can be directed to Christopher Massina.

 Session TopicNamePhoneEmailCenter
Active ThermalBrian Motil216.433.6617 Glenn Research Center
Passive ThermalRuth Amundsen757.864.7044 Langley Research Center
AerothermalMonica Guzik216.433.3317 Glenn Research Center
InterdisciplinaryChristopher Evans256.544.4783 Marshall Spaceflight Center
ITAR RestrictedChristopher Johnson Space Center
CryothermalMonica Guzik216.433.3317 Glenn Research Center


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.