Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.


The primary objective of this project was to develop a method by which future teams can perform more complete thermal analysis of a CubeSat. To achieve this, I sought to create a model of the internal components of a typical CubeSat, with sufficient fidelity to understand the effects of various parameters on the thermal state, and to integrate that internal model with the thermal analysis of the external spacecraft structure. Results include a thermal model of a CubeSat built with finite element software and simulations using the model that expose the primary heat sources and illustrate the effects of key parameters on the temperature distribution. Recommendations include steps for using the model in thermal analysis process and suggestions for refining it to improve its predictions.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

November 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering