Performance study of a power law starbody

Sabean, JW, Lewis, MJ, Mee, D and Paull, A (1999) Performance study of a power law starbody. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 36 5: 646-652. doi:10.2514/2.3496


Author Sabean, JW
Lewis, MJ
Mee, D
Paull, A
Title Performance study of a power law starbody
Journal name Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4650
Publication date 1999-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2514/2.3496
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 646
End page 652
Total pages 7
Place of publication Reston, Va
Publisher American Institute of Aeronatics and Astronautics
Language eng
Subject C1
290299 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
690302 Space transport
Abstract The performance of a power law starbody, designed for low drag, was calculated numerically and verified experimentally. The methodology of the design shape is presented along with a comparison to other forebody shapes and an evaluation of scaling effects. A starbody was constructed and tested in the University of Queensland reflected shock tunnel, T4, Various test conditions were used to determine both the on-design and off-design performance of the starbody, These results are compared with those of tests done on a cone of equivalent volume and length. The resulting starbody shape is shown to have 20% less drag than the equivalent cone at a Mach number of 6.4 and an Re = 1.5 x 10(6).
Keyword Engineering, Aerospace
Force Balance
Algorithms
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
 
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