Boattail juncture shaping for spin-stabilized rounds in supersonic flight

W. Jiajan, R.S.M. Chue, T. Nguyen, Ching Man Yu

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© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.In this paper, the effects of boattail junction shaping on aerodynamic drag and stability of supersonic spin-stabilized rounds are investigated using computational fluid dynamics. For a generic round body comprising of a secant-ogive nose, a cylindrical body and a conical boattail, the shaping technique was achieved by adding a convex surface of varying degrees of radius of curvature to the junction between the cylindrical body and the boattail. It was shown through numerical simulations that this shaping technique can provide a reduction in aerodynamic drag of up to 5.4 % without destabilizing the round bodies when the radius of curvature is less than 8.8 times the diameter of the cylindrical body. The more gradual change of the flow characteristics, e.g., the pressure over the convex surface, was identified as the main reason for the drag reduction. A unique aspect of the current work is that stability is treated as an integral part of the performance assessment. It was also found that the dynamic instability encountered at large radii of curvature is due to the Magnus effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-204
Number of pages16
JournalShock Waves
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Boattail juncture
  • Drag reduction
  • Dynamic stability
  • Gyroscopic stability
  • Magnus effect
  • Spin-stabilized round
  • Supersonic projectile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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