Total heat transfer measurements on a flight investigation of reentry environment model

Capra, Bianca R. & Morgan, Richard G. (2013) Total heat transfer measurements on a flight investigation of reentry environment model. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 50(3), pp. 494-503.

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Stagnation-point total heat transfer was measured on a 1:27.7 model of the Flight Investigation of Reentry Environment II flight vehicle. Experiments were performed in the X1 expansion tube at an equivalent flight velocity and static enthalpy of 11 km/s and 12.7 MJ/kg, respectively. Conditions were chosen to replicate the flight condition at a total flight time of 1639.5 s, where radiation contributed an estimated 17-36% of the total heat transfer. This contribution is theorized to reduce to <2% in the scaled experiments, and the heating environment on the test model was expected to be dominated by convection. A correlation between reported flight heating rates and expected experimental heating, referred to as the reduced flight value, was developed to predict the level of heating expected on the test model. At the given flow conditions, the reduced flight value was calculated to be 150 MW/m2. Average stagnation-point total heat transfer was measured to be 140 ± 7% W/m2, showing good agreement with the predicted value. Experimentally measured heat transfer was found to have good agreement of between 5 and 15% with a number of convective heating correlations, confirming that convection dominates the tunnel heating environment, and that useful experimental measurements could be made in weakly coupled radiating flow

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ID Code: 67173
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.2514/1.A32333
ISSN: 1533-6794
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics (090107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified (091399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Bianca Capra & Richard Morgan
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2014 05:32
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 16:01

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