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Numerical Predictions of the Performance in Flight of an Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicle: HyShot II

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Gianluca Iaccarino, Rene Pećnik, Vincent Terrapon

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Alireza Doostan

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Paper No. IMECE2010-40186, pp. 225-234; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The uncertainties inherent to the operating conditions of the Hyshot II scramjet flight test are assessed. In particular, the variability of the pressure prediction in the combustor due to uncertain free stream conditions is investigated using a probabilistic methodology based on stochastic collocation. The uncertainties in Mach number, angle of attack and flight altitude are inferred from pressure measurements in the unfueled combustor using a Bayesian inversion approach. The forward computation relies on a reduced order model that represents the combustion processes in the scramjet combustor. A ground based experimental data set obtained from 1-to-1 model of the HyShot II vehicle with well defined operating conditions is used to validate the non-reacting solver and to calibrate the heat release model for the reacting combustor. The model prediction agrees well with the experimentally aquired flight data. On the other hand, our estimated flight free stream conditions differ from previously published results.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Vehicles , Flight



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