Masters Theses

Title

Drag and fuel minimization and entropy-based performance analysis of hypersonic vehicles

Author

Levi Terhune

Abstract

"Research was first conducted on the performance-enhancing potential of flow-field modification via upstream energy deposition for aerospace vehicles in high-speed flow using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). It was shown that significant reductions in both external drag and propellant mass flow rate requirements (i.e. overall power requirements) for vehicle configurations in cruise can be realized using such techniques...A second part of this investigation developed entropic (2nd law-based) analysis for force-based performance evaluation of entire vehicle configurations. Such a methodology allowed for the correct implementation of a common 'currency' of loss evaluation and incorporates vehicle wake issues"--Abstract, leaf iii.

Advisor(s)

Riggins, David W.

Committee Member(s)

Pernicka, Hank
Homan, Kelly

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s)

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio)

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Summer 2006

Pagination

xii, 69 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 56-57).

Rights

© 2006 Levi Gregory Terhune, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Drag (Aerodynamics)
Entropy
Hypersonic planes -- Design and construction
Hypersonic planes -- Fuel consumption
Propulsion systems

Thesis Number

T 9045

Print OCLC #

85852246

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b5795363~S5

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