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Investigation of Supersonic and Hypersonic Missile Interceptor Base Flows Using…

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Department of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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706 ASHTON LN N CHAMPAIGN, IL 61820-7303
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Investigation of Supersonic and Hypersonic Missile Interceptor Base Flows Using an Advanced Computational Framework
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0458
Award Amount: $70,000.00


A computational investigation of missile interceptor base flows in a supersonic/hypersonic application is proposed. High-fidelity three-dimensional simulations will be conducted using the proprietary framework Rocstar. The computational framework includes a compressible flow solver with advanced LES turbulence models and has flexibility sufficient to investigate a variety of base flow configurations under widely varying conditions. As a feasibility study for Rocstar, in Phase I we propose validated simulations for the flow past the cylindrical blunt afterbody configuration of Herrin and Dutton (1994) at Mach number of 2.5. In the Option period, we will develop a validation matrix, including a variety of geometries, for implementation during Phase II. We will also execute a simulation of the boat-tailed geometry. Professor J. Craig Dutton will serve as technical advisor to IllinoisRocstar on the SBIR project. The overall goal of this work is to develop, validate, and commercialize a numerical tool suitable for design and analysis. The code should accurately predict supersonic and hypersonic base flow characteristics to within 5%, especially pressure and velocity data. At the conclusion of Phase I and the Option, we will have completed a study assessing Rocstar capabilities, compared two well-known afterbody geometries, and assembled a set of validation cases to direct and extend Rocstar for turbulent base flow.

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Mark D. Brandyberry
Chief Operating Officer

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William A. Dick
CEO & Managing Member
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P. O. Box 3001 Champaign, IL 61826

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