Implementation of a chemical kinetics model for hypersonic flows in air for high-performance cfd

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The Modified Marrone-Treanor (MMT) chemical kinetics model [1] was developed recently using ab-initio quantum chemistry data. The MMT model has been implemented into a CFD code designed for hypersonic flows, with an emphasis on vehicle-scale calculation. The current feature set includes implicit time-stepping, recombination, electronic energy, and performance comparable to the standard Park model. The effect of non-Boltzmann distributions on chemical kinetics source terms are also quantified, and a relatively simple factor is found to be suitable for correcting the reaction rate and vibrational energy change per dissociation. Larger-scale CFD results are also presented and compared to the standard Park model [2]; the peak heat flux on a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) type geometry is found to be 10% higher for Park than MMT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
StatePublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2020Jan 10 2020

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grants FA9550-16-1-0161 and FA9550-16-1-0291. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the funding agencies or the U.S. Government.

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© 2020, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.


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