Thermal conductivity measurement below 40 K of the CFRP tubes for the Mid-Intrared Instrument mounting struts

B. M. Shaughnessy, P. Eccleston, K. J. Fereday, S. J. Canfer, Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen, Niels Christian Jessen

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Abstract

The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) is one of four instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope observatory, scheduled for launch in 2013. It must be cooled to about 7 K and is supported within the telescope’s 40 K instrument module by a hexapod of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) tubing. This article describes the measurement of cryogenic thermal conductivity of the candidate CFRP. Measured thermal conductivities were about 0.05 W/m K at a mean temperature of 10 K increasing to about 0.20 W/m K at a mean temperature of 40 K.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCryogenics
Volume47
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)348-352
ISSN0011-2275
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Composites

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