where Q/Ai is the heat transfer by radiation-per-unit area, c is the Stefan-Boltzmann constant, and e is the emissivity of the surfaces. The subscript 2 refers to the hot surface and the subscript 1 refers to the cold surface. The bracketed term on the right-hand side of this relation is designated as the overall emissivity factor, Fe.
The insertion of low-emissivity floating shields within the evacuated space can effectively reduce the heat transport by radiation. The effect of the shields is to greatly reduce the emissivity factor. For example, for N shields or (N + 2) surfaces, an emissivity of the outer and inner surface of eo, and an emissivity of the shields of es, the emis-sivity factor reduces to
In essence, one properly located low-emissivity shield can reduce the radiant heat transfer to around one-half of the rate without the shield, two shields can reduce this to around one-fourth of the rate without the shield, and so on.
Multilayer Insulation Multilayer insulation consists of alternating layers of highly reflecting material, such as aluminum foil or alu-minized Mylar, and a low-conductivity spacer material or insulator, such as fiberglass mat or paper, glass fabric, or nylon net, all under high vacuum. When properly applied at the optimum density, this type of insulation can have an apparent thermal conductivity as low as 10 to 50 |aW/m-K between 20 and 300 K.
For a highly evacuated (on the order of 1.3 X 10~4 Pa) multilayer insulation, heat is transferred primarily by radiation and solid conduction through the spacer material. The apparent thermal conductivity of the insulation material under these conditions may be determined from k = -
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