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Base Flow Model Validation

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA 18947-1020
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Base Flow Model Validation
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM06AB12C
Award Amount: $599,986.00


The program focuses on turbulence modeling enhancements for predicting high-speed rocket base flows. A key component of the effort is the collection of high-fidelity data for supporting turbulence model validation and calibration. Base flow configurations of interest to NASA Marshal will also be investigated using improved modeling tools. Experiments for supersonic rocket base flows will be performed in the new 12¿X12¿ tunnel, at the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA), utilizing high-quality base flow models, provided by the US Army. Measurements will include Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) for turbulent statistics, supplemented by Schlieren, Raman spectroscopy and Rayleigh scattering. Complimentary Large Eddy Simulations (LES) will provide additional turbulence statistics that are not readily/reliably measured. The data will support enhancements to the CRAFT Tech unified k-epsilon turbulence model. The impact of employing a variable turbulent Prandtl and Schmidt number methodology, based on a two-equation scalar variance framework, will be considered for reacting and non-reacting base flows. The effort will lead to extended validation of enhanced turbulence modeling tools, increased reliability of base drag & heat flux predictions and fills a major gap at NASA by improving upon base region simulation capabilities required for launcher design aerothermal predictions.

Principal Investigator:

Neeraj Sinha

Business Contact:

Paula Schachter
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Combustion Research and Flow Technology
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA 18947

EIN/Tax ID: 232759059
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Mississippi/National Center for Physical Acoustics
Coliseum Drive
University, MS 38677
Contact: John M. Seiner
Contact Phone: (662) 915-5630
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university