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Paper presents the problem of heating the damaged insulation of an orbiter. Changes of the insulation's thermal properties, made by adding conductive material of high value of specific heat in a form of a dope to the protective layer, were examined. An iterative algorithm determining a variable of dope concentration in the material was developed. Insulating material LI900 was used for calculations. Determination of distribution of conductive material concentration was made for materials which, after verification, demonstrated the most beneficial effect on protective properties of the modified insulation layer. Change of properties was to enable time extension of the LI900 insulation tile heating up to the maximal temperature and, additionally, to lowering this temperature.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2019, VOLUME 23, ISSUE Supplement 4, PAGES [S1025 - S1034]
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