National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Paper Submissions

Paper Submissions

The 2020 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 conference 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 2020, paper sessions will be divided into the following topic areas: Active Thermal/Fluids/Life SupportPassive ThermalAerothermalCryothermal, and Interdisciplinary. Descriptions of these topics can be found below.

Due to the virtual nature of the conference, presentations will be recorded and posted to the TFAWS website.

Presenters will need to be able to join in to the meeting and have clear audio. If testing of your audio is needed contact:

Export Control (e.g. ITAR) restricted sessions WILL NOT be offered this year.

Abstract and Paper Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstracts is July 2, 2020. Submissions and submission/content questions should be sent to You will be notified via e-mail of the acceptance of your abstract and paper by July 10, 2020. Papers and presentations are due by August 11, 2020. Additional information can be found in the TFAWS 2020 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.

Do NOT 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 2020 Permission to Publish for any abstract, paper, or presentation to be included in the TFAWS sessions. This form will be provided after acceptance of submitted abstract.

Full papers are encouraged but not required to give conference presentations. Twenty minutes will be allotted for each paper, and ten additional minutes for questions from the audience. 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. Abstracts are due by July 2, 2020, and papers and presentations are due by August 11, 2020.


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 two “TFAWS 2020 Presentation Clearance, Permission to Publish, & Permission to be Recorded” forms prior to their presentation, which will be provided after acceptance of abstract. The first permission form is for the abstract as abstracts will be posted online before the presentation and paper are due. For the abstract permission form be sure to write “Abstract” on or near the line for the paper number. The second permission form should be submitted along with the presentation and paper.

ITAR Session Attendance

There will be no ITAR Sessions this year.

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