Aerothermodynamic design optimization of hypersonic vehicles

Sinan Eyi, Kyle M. Hanquist, Iain D. Boyd

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The objective of this study is to develop a reliable and efficient design optimization method for hypersonic vehicles focused on aerothermodynamic environments. Considering the nature of hypersonic flight, a high-fidelity aerothermodynamic analysis code is used for the simulation of weakly ionized hypersonic flows in thermochemical nonequilibrium. A gradient-based method is implemented for optimization. Bezier or nonuniform rational basis spline curves are used to parametrize the geometry or the geometry change. Linear elasticity theory is implemented for mesh deformation. Penalty functions are utilized to prevent undesired geometrical changes. The design objective is to minimize drag without increasing the total heat transfer rate and the maximum values of the surface heat flux, temperature, and pressure. Design optimizations are performed at different trajectory points of the IRV-2 vehicle. The effects of parametrizations, the number of design variables, and freestream conditions on design performance are studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-406
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science


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