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Heat Transfer Prediction in Transitional Hypersonic Flow

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2011 / STTR
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Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Heat Transfer Prediction in Transitional Hypersonic Flow
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0011
Award Amount: $749,891.00


ABSTRACT: Our Phase II program concentrates on extending, rectifying, and validating the ETM engineering transition model for 3D flows. ETM solves PDE"s for both transition onset and intermittency and has full 3D capabilities, shown to generate swept onset curves and variable transitional lengths downstream of the onset curve. It is incorporated into Navier-Stokes codes in a manner akin to the inclusion of 2-equation turbulence models. Previous efforts validated the ETM using fundamental axisymmetric data sets. This program will concentrate on high-speed (as well as subsonic) 3D flows using published measurements, as well as those from the CUBRC high-speed facilities. Experiments will concentrate on quantifying tunnel noise levels as well as on capturing boundary layer stability characteristics using innovative hot-wire measurement techniques. Results will be used to rectify and validate the 3D ETM, while also benefiting future 3D stability-based model development. All numerical and experimental datasets will be archived in the CRAVE web-based, GUI-driven CFD validation database for access by other users to perform their own validation studies. Finally, modules incorporating the ETM will be developed for use in other structured or unstructured CFD solvers. BENEFIT: Commercialization will result from additional licenses for our CFD codes that will now have a validated"engineering-oriented"model that can predict transitional processes for complex 3D flowfields. Having this unique capability permits CRAFT Tech to obtain additional system and design support work for problems where transition plays a major role. CUBRC should also gain additional experimental support having tunnels with noise levels quantified. The CRAVE validation tool is being commercialized and licensed to varied research facilities and having validation sets included will greatly enhance its utility. Unique to CRAVE is the inclusion of both data as well the CFD solutions, synchronized via specialized scripts, so that external users can try out their codes on varied data sets and compare results with existing CFD solutions in an automated"black-box"manner. The modules developed that solve the ETM equations working with other CFD codes are also a very viable commercial product. The use of CUBRC data sets to firmly establish transitional modeling capabilities in an engineering-oriented code should lead to additional experimental programs for them in the transitional arena. In addition, having their data included in CRAVE is good publicity for CUBRC.

Principal Investigator:

John L. Papp
Senior Research Scientist
(215) 766-1520

Business Contact:

Brian J. York
Treasurer and Principal Scientist
(215) 766-1520
Small Business Information at Submission:

Combustion Research and Flow Technology,
6210 Kellers Church Road Pipersville, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 232759059
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
4455 Genesee Street
Buffaolo, NY 14225-
Contact: Michael Holden
Contact Phone: (716) 631-4165