Effect of non-equilibrium flow chemistry and surface catalysis on surface heating to AFEThe effect of nonequilibrium flow chemistry on the surface temperature distribution over the forebody heat shield on the Aeroassisted Flight Experiment (AFE) vehicle was investigated using a reacting boundary-layer code. Computations were performed by using boundary-layer-edge properties determined from global iterations between the boundary-layer code and flow field solutions from a viscous shock layer (VSL) and a full Navier-Stokes solution. Surface temperature distribution over the AFE heat shield was calculated for two flight conditions during a nominal AFE trajectory. This study indicates that the surface temperature distribution is sensitive to the nonequilibrium chemistry in the shock layer. Heating distributions over the AFE forebody calculated using nonequilibrium edge properties were similar to values calculated using the VSL program.
Stewart, David A. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Henline, William D. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Chen, Yih-Kanq (Sterling Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA, United States)