Efficient Radiation Simulation in Complex Geometries with Applications to Planetary Entry

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC61P
Agency Tracking Number: 075244
Amount: $99,576.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3819 Sunnycroft Place, West Lafayette, IN, 47906-8815
DUNS: 806890807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sanjay Mathur
 Principal Investigator
 (765) 497-3653
Business Contact
 Sanjay Mathur
Title: President
Phone: (765) 497-3653
Email: srmathur@gmail.com
Research Institution
NASA aerocapture missions require an accurate evaluation of radiative thermal transport in order to simulate the aerothermal environment around space vehicles. However, present day computation of radiative transport in this complex multi-dimensional environment is frequently done using simple one-dimensional tangent-slab approximations or optically-thick approximations which compromise the accuracy of predictions and which cannot be generalized to new vehicle configurations. In this Phase I proposal, we seek to develop an efficient and accurate unstructured solution-adaptive finite volume solver for participating radiation in complex geometries to address the aerothermodynamics of realistic space vehicles. A number of innovations are proposed to significantly accelerate solver performance over conventional implementations: (i) a spectral line weighted sum of gray gases model for property computation which is significantly faster than conventional line-by-line techniques, (ii) algorithmic improvements based on coupled algebraic multigrid and multiplicative correction techniques, and (iii) parallel implementations on both distributed and shared memory platforms, including new multicore architectures. The proposed framework is fully compatible with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods for flow, heat transfer, turbulence and chemistry, and coupling to these is proposed for Phase II. The project team consists of Drs. Sanjay Mathur of Jabiru Software and Services, and Prof. Jayathi Murthy of Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering. The team is highly experienced in the development of large-scale commercial finite volume solvers, radiative heat transfer, and algorithm development, and has over two decades each of experience in the development and commercialization of large-scale CFD codes.

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