Thermodynamics – Not only a complicated topic if you have to write an exam. If not for the thermal control and aerodynamics team, there wouldn’t be any specialized parts anybody could work with.
The core of our setup is a convergent-divergent nozzle which requires a very specific design. This was calculated and analysed by those smart minds. To ensure the success of the experiment the team did not only lay out the general fluid-dynamics for the nozzle but will also coordinate plenty of tests and conduct their analysis.
This means as well that they are diving into thermal simulations and calculations to determine heat flows, boundary conditions for the plume and operating temperatures including cooling concepts. New techniques and tools were learnt and applied for that as every other component of the experiment orbits around the function of parts that shall generate the plume.