Numerical investigation of a spiked blunt nose cone at hypersonic speeds

Gauer, M. and Paull, Allan (2008) Numerical investigation of a spiked blunt nose cone at hypersonic speeds. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 45 3: 459-471. doi:10.2514/1.30590

Author Gauer, M.
Paull, Allan
Title Numerical investigation of a spiked blunt nose cone at hypersonic speeds
Journal name Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4650
Publication date 2008-05-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2514/1.30590
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 3
Start page 459
End page 471
Total pages 12
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.
Language eng
Subject 0913 Mechanical Engineering
970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Abstract When flying at hypersonic speeds, it is a fundamental requirement to reduce the high drag resulting from a blunt nose cone in the ascent stage to increase the payload weight on the one hand and decrease the amount of energy needed to overcome the Earth's gravity on the other. However, an aerospike can be attached on the front of the nose cone to obtain a high drag and heat load reduction. Different Mach numbers at different altitudes have been chosen to investigate the effect of the aerospike on the nose cone's surrounding flowfield. The drag and the heat load reduction is numerically evaluated at Mach numbers of 5.0, 7.0, and 10.0. Different lengths of the aerospike are investigated between 1 and 4 times the diameter of the dome of the nose cone. Additional modifications to the tip of the spike to obtain different bow shocks are examined, including a sharp front, a blunt spike, and an aerodome mounted on the tip of the spike. To solve the very complicated flowfield, the flow solver CFD-FASTRAN is used.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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