Effect of some protuberances on the flow past the mated space shuttle configuration

S. V. Ramakrishnan, Chung-Lung Chen, K. Rajagopal, K. Y. Szema

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Abstract

Results from a numerical simulation of the flow past the mated space shuttle configuration carried out using the USA-RG3D code are presented. The importance of including a number of protuberances, like the bipod, the aft-attachments, the attachments between the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) and the External Tank (ET), in the numerical simulation, is demonstrated. Clever use of a multizonal gridding procedure to develop a reasonably smooth threedimensional grid for a very complex geometry like the mated space shuttle vehicle is illustrated. A conservative interzonal boundary condition for nonaligned grids at zonal boundaries is presented.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Event9th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1991 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 23 Sep 199125 Sep 1991

Conference

Conference9th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1991
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period23/09/9125/09/91

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