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Vortex-Induced Vibration of a Three-Body Launch Vehicle During Ascent

[+] Author Affiliations
Kirk W. Dotson, William A. Engblom

The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA

Paper No. IMECE2002-33028, pp. 101-108; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 5th International Symposium on Fluid Structure Interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Flow Induced Vibration and Noise
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3659-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Launch vehicles composed of three bodies can experience the shedding of vortices due to strong crossflow acceleration towards the center body, or core. Upon formation, the vortices obstruct the freestream flow, which diverts the local angle of attack towards the opposite side of the core, and a new pair of vortices are formed. This alternate vortex-pair shedding can induce significant pitch structural responses during transonic flight. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations have been used to illustrate the phenomenon and to generate forcing functions for structural dynamic analyses. Structural responses from these analyses are in good agreement with flight responses. This success suggests that CFD can be used for preflight predictions of the phenomenon. It also indicates that CFD can be used to supplement wind tunnel data when the test instrumentation does not adequately resolve the alternate vortex-pair shedding.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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