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Numerical Study of Plasma Flow Around a Reentry Vehicle During Atmospheric Reentry With an Unstructured Grid Solver

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Reo Nakasato, Yusuke Takahashi, Nobuyuki Oshima

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Paper No. AJKFluids2015-13593, pp. V01AT13A006; 6 pages
  • ASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Symposia, Part 2
  • Seoul, South Korea, July 26–31, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5721-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by JSME


When a reentry vehicle enters the planetary atmosphere, a strong shock wave is generated and the strong aerodynamic heating appears. Gas temperature in front of the vehicle exceeds 10,000K and chemical reactions (ionizations and dissociations) occur behind the shock wave. Because the reentry vehicle is damaged by the aerodynamic heating, accurate evaluation of the aerodynamic heating in the high-enthalpy flow is necessary for the design and the development of the vehicle. The communication blackout phenomenon which prevents the propagation of the electromagnetic waves can occur by the characteristics of electrons in the shock layer to absorb and reflect the electromagnetic waves. To estimate the communicationable time and understand the behavior of the electromagnetic waves around the vehicle, the accurate evaluation of the plasma flow around the vehicle is also necessary.

In this study, the three-dimensional numerical analysis was conducted to consider an angle of attack by using the analysis software for compressible fluid, RG-FaSTAR which has been developed by JAXA. Moreover, unstructured grids were used to make it easier to generate computational grid around the vehicle with complicated shape. Note that RG-FaSTAR is a version of FaSTAR (FaST Aerodynamic Routine) installing the real gas effect. We reproduced the actual flow field around the Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator (ARD) which was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1998 and revealed the aerodynamic heating and plasma flow properties during atmospheric reentry.

The computational result showed good agreement with measured pressure coefficient at the stagnation point. In addition, the features of the shock layer and the rear region around ARD were revealed.

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