Conceptual analysis of electron transpiration cooling for the leading edges of hypersonic vehicles

Hicham Alkandry, Kyle M. Hanquist, Iain D. Boyd

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Abstract

Recent progress is presented in an ongoing effort to perform a conceptual analysis of possible electron transpiration cooling using thermo-electric materials at the leading edges of hypersonic vehicles. The implementation of a new boundary condition in the CFD code LeMANS to model the thermionic emission of electrons from the leading edges of hypersonic vehicles is described. A parametric study is performed to understand the effects of the material work function, the freestream velocity, and the leading edge geometry on this cooling effect. The numerical results reveal that lower material work functions, higher freestream velocities, and smaller leading edges can increase the cooling effect due to larger emission current densities. The numerical results also show that the electric field produced by the electron emission may not have a significant effect on the predicted properties. Future work recommendations are provided that may improve the physical accuracy of the modeling capabilities used in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA AVIATION 2014 -11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624102813
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA AVIATION 2014 -11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2014Jun 20 2014

Publication series

NameAIAA AVIATION 2014 -11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference

Other

OtherAIAA AVIATION 2014 -11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period6/16/146/20/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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