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A Software Upgrade of the NASA Aeroheating Code "MINIVER"
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Louderback, Pierce Mathew(Florida Inst. of Tech., Melbourne, FL, United States)
Abstract: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a powerful and versatile tool simulating fluid and thermal environments of launch and re-entry vehicles alike. Where it excels in power and accuracy, however, it lacks in speed. An alternative tool for this purpose is known as MINIVER, an aeroheating code widely used by NASA and within the aerospace industry. Capable of providing swift, reasonably accurate approximations of the fluid and thermal environment of launch vehicles, MINIVER is used where time is of the essence and accuracy need not be exact. However, MINIVER is an old, aging tool: running on a user-unfriendly, legacy command-line interface, it is difficult for it to keep pace with more modem software tools. Florida Institute of Technology was tasked with the construction of a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) that implemented the legacy version's capabilities and enhanced them with new tools and utilities. This thesis provides background to the legacy version of the program, the progression and final version of a modem user interface, and benchmarks to demonstrate its usefulness.
Publication Date: Jul 01, 2013
Document ID:
20130014507
(Acquired Aug 26, 2013)
Subject Category: FLUID MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS
Report/Patent Number: KSC-2013-154
Document Type: Thesis
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAS10-02026; NNK12LA12C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Organization Source: Florida Inst. of Tech.; Melbourne, FL, United States
Description: 80p; In English; Original contains black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; under NASA contracts NAS10-02026 and NNK12LA12C
NASA Terms: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS; SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TOOLS; APPLICATIONS PROGRAMS (COMPUTERS); GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE; AERODYNAMIC HEATING; COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN; THERMAL ENVIRONMENTS; AEROSPACE INDUSTRY; REENTRY VEHICLES; LAUNCH VEHICLES
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