Silica thermal insulation tile

Silica thermal insulation tile

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Caption: A technician holding a silica fibre thermal insulation tile, seconds after being removed from a furnace at 1300 Celsius. The tiles lose 90% of their heat within moments. Such tiles are used on the underbody, wings and other areas of the Space Shuttle where the highest temperatures are generated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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Keywords: engineering, insulation, new materials technology, shuttle, shuttle thermal insulatr, shuttle tiles, silica thermal insulation tile, space shuttle thermal tile, thermal insulation, tile

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