Quasi-transient calculation of surface temperatures on a reusable booster system with high angles of attack

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M.S. in Aerospace Engineering


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Advisor: Timothy John Fry


The calculation of a recovery temperature based heat transfer coefficient proves to be sufficiently independent of wall temperature to use in a three dimensional, transient temperature model of a thermal protection system of a reusable booster concept. After a derivation of recovery temperature from the 1st law of thermodynamics, the weak dependence of the recovery temperature based heat transfer coefficient is investigated by 72 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models at angles of attack ranging from 0° to 90° over a range of Mach numbers, from Mach 2 to 5, and a variety of thermal boundary conditions at the wall, from isothermal to a conductive wall. Then, the heat transfer coefficient is calculated at many steady state CFD solutions for a reusable booster system concept on a given trajectory and applied to a transient Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model of a thermal protection system. Results are presented graphically.


Aerospace planes Materials Thermal conductivity Testing, Heat Transmission Simulation methods

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