Transient Behavior of an Active Thermal Insulation System

Shigenao Maruyama, Toshio Aihara, Raymond Viskanta

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Transient behavior of an active thermal insulation system consisting of a semi-transparent porous medium with gas injection was considered. Numerical analyses were carried out on the semi-infinite layer of a porous medium, and hydrogen was chosen as the injected gas. During the early stages of heating, thermal penetration depth, surface temperature and surface heat flux do not depend on the gas injection velocity. As the heating time increases, the thermal penetration depth of the active thermal insulation system reaches a constant value for each gas injection velocity, and the surface heat flux vanishes keeping the back face at a low temperature. However, the thermal penetration depth of a conventional insulation without gas injection never reaches a constant value. Transient solid temperature distributions in the layer for two different surface boundary conditions are almost identical except in the vicinity of the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1140-1147
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number524
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • Active Thermal Insulation
  • Combined Heat Transfer
  • High Temperature
  • Porous Media
  • Thermal Protection
  • Thermal Radiation
  • Transient Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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