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Unified Flow Solver for transient high altitude events with mixed continuum and…

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Suite D Huntsville, AL 35805-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Unified Flow Solver for transient high altitude events with mixed continuum and rarefied flows
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0187
Award Amount: $99,801.00


CFDRC proposes to develop a computational tool for transient, high-altitude events with mixed continuum and free molecular flow regimes. The proposed technology builds upon the Unified Flow Solver (UFS) previously developed by CFDRC, which will be leveraged with several new features for transient chemically reacting two-phase, gas-particle flows interacting with multiple bodies in relative motion under mixed continuum-rarefied regimes. The new tool will incorporate several innovations: i) octree Cartesian mesh for automatic mesh generation and dynamic adaptation to transient flow properties and moving bodies, ii) a cell-by-cell automatic selection of Boltzmann and Navier-Stokes solvers based on continuum breakdown criteria, iii) kinetic models for two-phase rarefied flows, iv) kinetic and fluid models of chemical reactions. In Phase I, we will demonstrate UFS for high-fidelity characterization of short duration propulsive/detonative events in mixed continuum/rarefied flows and illustrate its advantages for simulation of unsteady effects. New capabilities for two-phase flows, chemical kinetics in fuel rich environments, and generalized 6 degree-of-freedom hard body interactions will be added. In Phase II, we will fully develop an advanced, high-fidelity simulation tool for high altitude, transient propulsive/detonative events. Numerical studies will be conducted to address specific components of the new tool for problems of interest to the Army.

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir Kolobov
Technical Fellow
(256) 726-4800

Business Contact:

Deborah Phipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
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CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No