Volume 7, 2015Progress in Flight Physics – Volume 7
|Page(s)||369 - 394|
|Section||Nonequilibrium and rarefied flows|
|Published online||08 June 2015|
Computational analysis of a rarefied hypersonic flow over combined gap/step geometries
Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory (LCP) National Institute for Space Research (INPE) Cachoeira Paulista - SP 12630-000, Brazil
This work describes a computational analysis of a hypersonic flow over a combined gap/step configuration at zero degree angle of attack, in chemical equilibrium and thermal nonequilibrium. Effects on the flowfield structure due to changes on the step frontal-face height have been investigated by employing the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method. The work focuses the attention of designers of hypersonic configurations on the fundamental parameter of surface discontinuity, which can have an important impact on even initial designs. The results highlight the sensitivity of the primary flowfield properties, velocity, density, pressure, and temperature due to changes on the step frontal-face height. The analysis showed that the upstream disturbance in the gap/step configuration increased with increasing the frontal-face height. In addition, it was observed that the separation region for the gap/step configuration increased with increasing the step frontal-face height. It was found that density and pressure for the gap/step configuration dramatically increased inside the gap as compared to those observed for the gap configuration, i. e., a gap without a step.
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