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CFD Simulation of the Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle with Booster Separation Motor and Reaction Control System Plumes
Author and Affiliation:
Gea, L. M.(Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, CA, United States)
Vicker, D.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States)
Abstract: The primary objective of this paper is to demonstrate the capability of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate a very complicated flow field encountered during the space shuttle ascent. The flow field features nozzle plumes from booster separation motor (BSM) and reaction control system (RCS) jets with a supersonic incoming cross flow at speed of Mach 4. The overset Navier-Stokes code OVERFLOW, was used to simulate the flow field surrounding the entire space shuttle launch vehicle (SSLV) with high geometric fidelity. The variable gamma option was chosen due to the high temperature nature of nozzle flows and different plume species. CFD predicted Mach contours are in good agreement with the schlieren photos from wind tunnel test. Flow fields are discussed in detail and the results are used to support the debris analysis for the space shuttle Return To Flight (RTF) task.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2006
Document ID:
20060028483
(Acquired Sep 14, 2006)
Subject Category: FLUID MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publisher Information: Third International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, Toronto, Canada
Meeting Information: International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics; 12-16 Jul. 2004; Toronto; Canada
Meeting Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS; PLUMES; SIMULATION; SPACE SHUTTLES; SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; STAGE SEPARATION; WIND TUNNEL TESTS; REACTION CONTROL; NOZZLE FLOW; SPACE DEBRIS; SUPERSONIC FLOW; NAVIER-STOKES EQUATION; MACH NUMBER; HIGH TEMPERATURE; FLOW DISTRIBUTION
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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