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Aerothermoelastic analysis of a NASP demonstrator modelThe proposed National AeroSpace Plane (NASP) is designed to travel at speeds up to Mach 25. Because aerodynamic heating during high-speed flight through the atmosphere could destiffen a structure, significant couplings between the elastic and rigid body modes could result in lower flutter speeds and more pronounced aeroelastic response characteristics. These speeds will also generate thermal loads on the structure. The purpose of this research is develop methodologies applicable to the NASP and to apply them to a representative model to determine its aerothermoelastic characteristics when subjected to these thermal loads. This paper describes an aerothermoelastic analysis of the generic hypersonic vehicle configuration. The steps involved in this analysis were: (1) generating vehicle surface temperatures at the appropriate flight conditions; (2) applying these temperatures to the vehicle's structure to predict changes in the stiffness resulting from material property degradation; (3) predicting the vibration characteristics of the heated structure at the various temperature conditions; (4) performing aerodynamic analyses; and (5) conducting flutter analysis of the heated vehicle. Results of these analyses and conclusions representative of a NASP vehicle are provided in this paper.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Heeg, Jennifer
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Zeiler, Thomas A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Pototzky, Anthony S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Spain, Charles V.
(Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA, United States)
Engelund, Walter C.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 1 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Space Vehicles
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1366
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