1989-09-01

Hypersonic Forebody Lift-Induced Drag * 892345

The dominance of body-like shapes for hypersonic vehicles places emphasis on better understanding of pertinent body flow physics. Computational methods are implemented to enhance the knowledge of drag components generated by the production of lift forces at hypersonic speeds. Three forebody shapes are examined to identify the effects related to body shape parameters. A Navier-Stokes code and classical Newtonian theory code provide predictions of the polar shapes upon which conclusions are drawn. In particular, it is noted that hypersonic body polar shapes are somewhat irregular; the result of incidence-induced form drag. Test data which supports this finding is identified. The means for reducing hypersonic body lift-induced drag are also identified, along with applied computational schemes that can reduce the cost of a configuration design program.

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