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Comparison of Faceted and Blunt Lifting Bodies for Reentry Flights

Wartemann, Viola and Weihs, Hendrik and Eggers, Thino (2018) Comparison of Faceted and Blunt Lifting Bodies for Reentry Flights. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 55 (4), pp. 877-886. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). doi: 10.2514/1.A33965. ISSN 0022-4650.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A33965


The design of a reentry vehicle strongly depends on the entry strategy of the projected mission. From the aerodynamic point of view, the layout of a hypersonic vehicle is a compromise between a vehicle being blunt enough to reduce the aerodynamic heating and sharp enough to obtain acceptable aerodynamic and propulsive efficiency. The selected flight configurations in this paper are wingless lifting bodies. Two different types of lifting bodies are compared: a sharp and a blunt body. The chosen blunt bicone is one of the Reusability Flight Experiment geometries, which were designed in the frame of the DLR, German Aerospace Center vehicle concept study of Reusability Flight Experiment. The sharp configuration is one of the DLR, German Aerospace Center Sharp Edge Flight Experiment configurations, which are a faceted body with sharp leading edge. The focus of the present study is the discussion of advantages and drawbacks of both concepts with respect to structure and aerodynamics.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119190/
Document Type:Article
Title:Comparison of Faceted and Blunt Lifting Bodies for Reentry Flights
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Wartemann, ViolaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1920-3364UNSPECIFIED
Eggers, ThinoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4377-7739UNSPECIFIED
Date:2 March 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 877-886
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords:SHEFEX, Sharp Edge Flight Experiment, ReFEx, Reusability Flight Experiment, lifting body, bicone, stability and trim characteristics, thermal analysis, aerodynamic performance, structure analysis, faceted TPS concept
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transportation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Space Transportation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Shefex III (old), R - Project ReFEx - Reusability Flight Experiment
Location: Braunschweig , Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft, BS
Institute of Structures and Design > Space System Integration
Deposited By: Wartemann, Viola
Deposited On:09 Mar 2018 09:56
Last Modified:22 Nov 2023 07:03

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