The Integrated Computational Environment for Airbreathing Hypersonic Flight Vehicle Modeling and Design Evaluation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD32P
Agency Tracking Number: 070054
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6730 Abbottswood Drive, Palos Verdes, CA, 90274-3639
DUNS: 118053243
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andy Arena
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Maj Dean Mirmirani
Title: Business Official
Phone: (310) 704-7490
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University
 Not Available
 218 Engineering North
Stillwater, OK, 74078
 (405) 744-5900
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
An integrated computational environment for multidisciplinary, physics-based simulation and analyses of airbreathing hypersonic flight vehicles will be developed. These vehicles are among the most promising alternatives for the next generation of Highly Reliable Reusable Launch Systems (HRRLS). The proposed work will enable development of models with varying fidelity, incorporating the coupled dynamic elements resulting from the tightly integrated airframe-engine configuration. These will include aero-propulsion and aero-elastic interactions as well as thermal loading. The effect of unsteady aerodynamics and nonlinear phenomena such as shock-shock interaction on vehicle performance will be evaluated. Simple and intuitive models for control design as well as high fidelity models for validation and simulation will be developed. The investigators' extensive experience with multidisciplinary software such as STARS and FLUENT will be an asset in this regard. Rather than creating completely new suit of software the approach proposed here is to develop new software when necessary but also produce codes which will enhance the present capabilities of existing software to handle coupled aero-propulsion as well as aeroelastic effects. The methods and products developed in this effort will significantly enhance the present capabilities for modeling, simulation, and control design, for airbreathing hypersonic flight vehicles.

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