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Comparison of CFD simulations against TMK wind tunnel data of the DLR ReFEx flight experiment

Konosidou, Ntarinai (2020) Comparison of CFD simulations against TMK wind tunnel data of the DLR ReFEx flight experiment. Master's, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen).

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The topic of this work is the analysis of the aerodynamic coefficients of the DLR Reusability Flight Experiment (ReFEx), covering the supersonic flight regime. CFD simulations are compared against experimental data gained at the DLR trisonic wind tunnel TMK in Cologne, Germany. The goal of ReFEx is to demonstrate a flight trajectory representative for a first stage of a Reusable Launch Vehicle. The focus of the CFD simulations is the comparison of force and moment coefficients with TMK measurements at different Mach numbers and a range of angles of attack. First, the effect of three different turbulence models is investigated. It is shown, that the SA turbulence model presents the best agreement with TMK data for all Mach numbers. The agreement is best at Ma=4.5 and declines with decreasing Mach number. The effect of the sting is studied and found to be considerable for all Mach numbers, in particular at high angles of attack for the axial force coefficient Cx. CFD simulations of the pitching moment coefficient Cm show a good agreement with TMK data in terms of the stable range of angles of attack. The Reynolds number effect should be considered for the flight databases for lower Mach numbers. For the additional analysis of the roll moment coefficient and control reversal, a model with asymmetrical canard deflections is used. In contrast to TMK data, CFD simulation results do not indicate control reversal. However, the principal course of the roll coefficient curves do show a good agreement. Finally, the sensitivity of the coefficients to sideslip angle variations is studied, showing an impact on the roll moment coefficient values, which should be considered.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/138991/
Document Type:Thesis (Master's)
Title:Comparison of CFD simulations against TMK wind tunnel data of the DLR ReFEx flight experiment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:December 2020
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Number of Pages:58
Keywords:ReFEx, Vergleich CFD/TMK, aerodynamische Koeffizienten, Reynoldszahl-Effekt, Sting-Effekt, Ruderumkehr
Institution:Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen)
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 - Project ReFEx - Reusability Flight Experiment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft, BS
Deposited By: Passern, Silke
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 13:00
Last Modified:03 Dec 2020 13:00

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