National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Paper Submissions

The 2019 NASA Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop (TFAWS) includes presentations of original research and technical work. Paper sessions allow members of the thermal-fluids community to present their work to their peers. This meeting is an excellent opportunity to disseminate technical material within the community and is a valuable forum for discussion about applications and advancements within various disciplines.

During TFAWS 2019, paper sessions will be divided into the following topic areas: Active Thermal/Fluids/Life Support, Passive Thermal, Aerothermal, Cryothermal, and Interdisciplinary. Descriptions of these topics can be found below.

Export Control (e.g. ITAR) restricted sessions may be offered based on demandSee our ITAR Session section for more information.

Abstract and Paper Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstracts is May 10, 2019. Submissions and submission/content questions should be sent to You will be notified via e-mail of the acceptance of your abstract by June 14, 2019. Manuscripts and presentations are due by July 12, 2019. Additional information can be found in the TFAWS 2019 Paper Submission Overview.

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)

When submitting your abstract, please indicate the topic area for your submission, and whether your final paper or presentation will include any export controlled or ITAR material.

Please note that abstracts, papers, and/or presentations should not contain advertisements or product endorsements.

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 2019 Permission to Publish for any abstract, paper, or presentation to be included in the TFAWS sessions.

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 12, 2019.


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.

Presenters are required to fill out a “TFAWS 2019 Presentation Clearance & Permission to Publish” form prior to their presentation, which will be provided.

ITAR Session Attendance

To attend an ITAR Session, you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.  If you wish to attend an ITAR Session, please fill out the TFAWS 2019 ITAR Certification Form by August 22, 2019. In addition, be prepared to show identification documentation as described in the TFAWS 2019 ITAR Acceptable Documents List.

Session Descriptions

Active Thermal/Fluids/Life Support

  • Fluids and CFD: analysis, design, and test
  • 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
  • Spacecraft thermal protection systems including tiles, ablative systems, plume impingement, and ascent and entry aerothermal heat management
  • Radiative heat transfer, including analytical and experimental approaches
  • Studies related to Mulit-Layer Insulation (MLI), coatings, thermophysical or optical properties, and surface finishes
  • Ground test, manufacturing processes, and simulation
  • Analytical model correlation to existing test or flight data


  • Aerothermodynamics: design, analysis, build, and test
  • Aeroheating environments: ascent, on-orbit, re-entry
  • Aerothermodynamic performance in planetary atmospheres
  • Heating due to high speed flight and jet and rocket plume impingement
  • Free molecular heat transfer, including analytical and experimental approaches
  • Analytical model correlation to existing test or flight data


  • Cryogenic system design: analysis, design, build, and test
  • Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM)
  • Gas compression technologies
  • Passive multistage cryogenic radiators


  • Multi-disciplinary problems: design, analysis, build, and test
  • Integrated analyses of chemical reactions, electromagnetic interactions, micromechanics, and/or 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