Detached Eddy simulation of hypersonic base flows during atmospheric entry

Michael Barnhardt, Graham V Candler

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to present preliminary results of our efforts to simulate the turbulent flowfield of the Reentry-F flight experiment. To do this, we employ the Detached Eddy Simulation methodology coupled with an implicit, shock-capturing, Navier-Stokes solver and five-species chemical kinetics model for air. The simulations were performed for two altitudes, 80 and 70 kft, corresponding to freestream unit Reynolds numbers of 18.5 × 106 and 30.1 × 106 per meter, respectively. Forebody calculations incorporated boundary layer tripping and are shown to give good results at 80 kft, however the laminar and turbulent heating is overpredicted at the lower altitude. This is believed to be caused by assuming axisymmetry while the actual vehicle was at approximately 0.5° angle of attack. Three-dimensional base flow calculations were performed and showed rather poor agreement with experimental data. At 80 kft, the turbulence model failed to capture the base flow instability, resulting in a slightly unsteady vortical flow attached to the afterbody. Comparisons with measurements showed heating rates and pressure to be significantly overpredicted due to the presence of a disk shock. At 70 kft, the model responded more favorably, although our preliminary comparisons with data showed heating rates to be underpredicted. A number of factors may contribute to these results. Among them are the lack of an angle of attack in the simulations, modeling assumptions in the base geometry, the potential need of an Unsteady inflow to excite the flow instability, and the validity of the RANS model near the base. Addressing these concerns is the subject of ongoing work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 9th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages1717-1732
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1563478153, 9781563478154
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event9th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference Proceedings - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2006Jun 8 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 9th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference Proceedings
Volume3

Other

Other9th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference Proceedings
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period6/5/066/8/06

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