Three-dimensional hypersonic rarefied flow calculations using direct simulation Monte Carlo methodA summary of three-dimensional simulations on the hypersonic rarefied flows in an effort to understand the highly nonequilibrium flows about space vehicles entering the Earth's atmosphere for a realistic estimation of the aerothermal loads is presented. Calculations are performed using the direct simulation Monte Carlo method with a five-species reacting gas model, which accounts for rotational and vibrational internal energies. Results are obtained for the external flows about various bodies in the transitional flow regime. For the cases considered, convective heating, flowfield structure and overall aerodynamic coefficients are presented and comparisons are made with the available experimental data. The agreement between the calculated and measured results are very good.
Celenligil, M. Cevdet (Middle East Technical Univ. Ankara, Turkey)
Moss, James N. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
August 16, 2013
April 1, 1993
Publication: AGARD, Theoretical and Experimental Methods in Hypersonic Flows