Thermal and Cryogenic Testing Systems Development

Photo of Mechanical engineering researcher Kalind Carpenter assembling the SOLO TREC Power generation subsystem test rig. Image Credit: URC.

Mechanical engineering researcher Kalind Carpenter assembles the SOLO TREC Power generation subsystem test rig. Image Credit: URC.

Student: Kalind Carpenter
California State University, Los Angeles

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level: Master of Science

Internship Site: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Mentor: Dr. Eugenio Urquiza

Abstract: Design, model, fabricate, setup, conduct and analyze thermal and cryogenic test results for several current JPL projects.

Ultra Compact Imaging Spectroscopy (UCIS): Quantify the effective thermal conductance of a data cable to enable optimization of tactical cryocooler use in future systems.

Airborne scanning MultiSPectral Infrared instrument (AirMSPI): Set up and run a test to determine whether normal operating thermal stresses on a silica filter will result in epoxy failure and delamination of the layers within the silica filter.

Mars Atmospheric Trace Molecule Occultation Spectrometer (MATMOS): Created interface parts in Solidworks for the physical connection between the radiator, thermal strap and load; and created a LabVIEW data acquisition graphical user interface for the test data characterizing the cooling system thermal performance.

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