Aerothermodynamic design optimization of hypersonic vehicles

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


The objective of this study is to develop a reliable and efficient design optimization method for hypersonic vehicles focused on aerothermodynamics. Considering the nature of hypersonic flight, a high-fidelity aerothermodynamic analysis code is utilized for the simulation of weakly ionized hypersonic flows in thermo-chemical non-equilibrium. A gradient-based method is implemented for optimization. Bezier or NURBS 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 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)
Title of host publication2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105500
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2018Jun 29 2018

Publication series

Name2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference


Conference19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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