Title

Aerodynamic Heating Analysis of Hypersonic Cruise Vehicles in Conceptual Design

Presenter Information

Andrew Brune

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Hosder, Serhat

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium

Abstract

NASA has placed great importance on space exploration including the development of innovative spacecraft configurations for affordable access to space, i.e. hypersonic cruise vehicles that utilize hypersonic air-breathing propulsion such as the X-43. The development of these aerospace vehicles requires effective, accurate, and computationally efficient design methodologies. The present paper will discuss the research that aims to address this requirement with the study and evaluation of computationally efficient physics-based models for aerodynamic heating analysis of hypersonic cruise vehicles in conceptual design phase. The Hyper X-43 model and the Orbiter shuttle will be examined in the Hypersonic Engineering Aerothermodynamic Trajectory Tool Kit (HEAT-TK) program to predict the aerodynamic heating capabilities from a hypersonic standpoint and thoroughly justify its significance from the heat flux and skin friction distributions. The hypersonic cruise vehicles are mainly determined to have dominant aeroheating features based on its design conditions compared to the reentry of the Orbiter shuttle.

Biography

Andrew, from St. Charles, Missouri, is currently an undergraduate senior upon completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Andrew plans to attend graduate school at Missouri S&T with emphasis in hypersonic flow and hopes to complete graduate work under direction of NASA fellowships. He has been actively involved in Sigma Gamma Tau and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a student member.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Best Bibliography Award Recipient, Engineering

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

06 Apr 2011, 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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Aerodynamic Heating Analysis of Hypersonic Cruise Vehicles in Conceptual Design

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NASA has placed great importance on space exploration including the development of innovative spacecraft configurations for affordable access to space, i.e. hypersonic cruise vehicles that utilize hypersonic air-breathing propulsion such as the X-43. The development of these aerospace vehicles requires effective, accurate, and computationally efficient design methodologies. The present paper will discuss the research that aims to address this requirement with the study and evaluation of computationally efficient physics-based models for aerodynamic heating analysis of hypersonic cruise vehicles in conceptual design phase. The Hyper X-43 model and the Orbiter shuttle will be examined in the Hypersonic Engineering Aerothermodynamic Trajectory Tool Kit (HEAT-TK) program to predict the aerodynamic heating capabilities from a hypersonic standpoint and thoroughly justify its significance from the heat flux and skin friction distributions. The hypersonic cruise vehicles are mainly determined to have dominant aeroheating features based on its design conditions compared to the reentry of the Orbiter shuttle.