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Hexafly-INT Experimental Flight Test Vehicle (EFTV) Aero-Thermal Design

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Roberto Scigliano, Giuseppe Pezzella, Sara Di Benedetto, Marco Marini

Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA), Capua, Italy

Johan Steelant

European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, Netherlands

Paper No. IMECE2017-70392, pp. V001T03A022; 14 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5834-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Over the last years, innovative concepts of civil high-speed transportation vehicles were proposed. In this framework, the Hexafly-INT project intends to test in free-flight conditions an innovative gliding vehicle with several breakthrough technologies on-board. This approach will help to gradually increase the readiness level of a consistent number of technologies suitable for hypervelocity flying systems. The vehicle design, manufacturing, assembly and verification is the main driver and challenge in this project. The prime objectives of this free-flying high-speed cruise vehicle shall aim at a conceptual design demonstrating a high aerodynamic efficiency in combination with high internal volume; controlled level flight at a cruise Mach number of 7 to 8;an optimal use of advanced high-temperature materials and structures. Present research describes the aero-thermal design process of the Experimental Flight Test Vehicle, namely EFTV. The glider aeroshape design makes maximum use of databases, expertise, technologies and materials elaborated in previously European community co-funded projects LAPCAT I & II [1][2], ATLLAS I & II [3][4] and HEXAFLY [5]. The paper presents results for both CFD and Finite Element aero-thermal analysis, performed in the most critical phase of the experimental flight leading to the selection of materials for the different components and to a suitable Thermal Protection System.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Design , Vehicles , Flight



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