Volume 5, Juin 2013Progress in Flight Physics
|Page(s)||425 - 440|
|Section||Chapter Seven. Reentry|
|Published online||14 June 2013|
Evaluation of the aerodynamic properties of the intermediate experimental vehicle in the rarefied and transitional regime
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics Rhode-St-Genese, Belgium
2 Khristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Novosibirsk, Russia
In order to evaluate the behavior of the intermediate experimental vehicle (IXV) in the upper layer of the atmosphere, series of computations were carried out by means of the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method, which are reported hereby. First an introduction is given about the IXV mission followed by a short explanation on DSMC and the computational methodology. A first validation case is demonstrated for computations based on the geometry of the Apollo capsule, showing good agreement with a reference in literature. Then, simulations of the IXV are presented, including flow-thruster interaction. Finally, the result matrix of aerodynamic properties is shown.
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