A study is conducted to investigate effects of water phase change on the material response of low-density carbon-phenolic ablators. It is demonstrated that the thermal response of porous carbon/phenolic ablators, more specifically the heat transfer, can be significantly altered by the water content of the material. Evidence of the presence of water due to the formation of H2O as a result of the decomposition of phenolic resin has been observed during experimental analysis of gaseous products resulting from phenolic decomposition.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics