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Coupling of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Reentry Vehicle Surface Ablations, and In-Depth Conductions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-3601
Agency Tracking Number: F051-241-2034
Amount: $948,238.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-241
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-05-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-03-15
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 178051900
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Raul Conti
 (650) 856-3013
Business Contact
 Raul Conti
Title: President
Phone: (650) 856-3013
Research Institution

The proposed innovation consists of developing and testing an integrated computational tool capable of predicting simultaneously the hypersonic flow over a reentry vehicle and the response of its thermal protection system, including surface ablation, recession, and in- depth thermal conduction, as well as internal pyrolysis in the case of charring materials. The computer program resulting from this effort will be capable of analyzing the fluid and solid media in three spatial dimensions, as a function of time, throughout the vehicle’s reentry flight path. Emphasis will be placed on dealing with vehicle control systems, such as flaps and reaction-control jets. Leading-edge Computational Fluid Dynamics numerical techniques will be used in conjunction with parallel-processing computers to achieve the efficiency needed to perform practical analysis of advanced vehicles being developed by the Air Force.

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