Hypersonic flow simulation towards space propulsion geometries 2019-01-1873
With the actual tendency of space exploration, hypersonic flight have gain a significant relevance, taking the attention of many researchers over the world. This work aims to present a numerical tool to solve hypersonic gas dynamic flows for space propulsion geometries. This will be done by validating the code using two well-known hypersonic test cases, the double cone and the hollow cylinder flare. These test cases are part of NATO Research and Technology Organization Working Group 10 validation of hypersonic flight for laminar viscous-inviscid interactions. During the validation process several important flow features of hypersonic flow are captured and compared with available CFD and numerical data. Special attention is taken to the phenomenon of vibrational excitation of the molecules. Different vibrational non-equilibrium models are used and compared with the available data. The pressure and the heat flux along the surfaces are also analyzed. The CFD simulation is conducted using an open-source CDF solver for hypersonic flows using the OpenFOAM framework. The two-temperature CFD solver, employing central-upwind interpolation schemes of Kurganov, Noelle e Petrova, hy2Foam, is capable to study external aerodynamics in re-entry flows. In the present work the assessment of this solver to solve hypersonic space propulsion simulations will be demonstrated. Grid independency analysis is performed using different grid refinements and convergence analysis is made in order to guarantee the quality of the results. Finally, the conclusions and some suggestions for future work are made.