Numerical simulation of electronic-electron energy nonequilibrium in high speed and high temperature flowfields

Jiaao Hao, Jingying Wang, Zhenxun Gao, Chongwen Jiang, Chunhian Lee

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High speed and high temperature flowfields around several configurations are numerically investigated using different multi-temperature models and an 11-species finite rate chemical reaction model. The flowfields are computed by a multi-block finite volume CFD code. The three-temperature model including the process of electronic-electron nonequilibrium, together with the two-temperature model based on equilibrium electronic-electron state, are incorporated into the code. For the case of sphere ballistic range experiment, it is found that the shock standoff distance is not affected by the electronic-electron nonequilibrium. Numerical results of four flight condition for RAM-C II aircraft indicate that the distributions of electron number density predicted by the two multi-temperature models vary in a similar trend, whose values are in the same order of magnitude. Both results show good agreements with flight experimental data. The three-temperature model is capable of providing more accurate results than the two-temperature model. Numerical results of the FIRE II case yield similar distributions of surface heat flux by utilizing the three-temperature model and the two-temperature model, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3340-3350
Number of pages11
JournalHangkong Xuebao/Acta Aeronautica et Astronautica Sinica
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Blackout
  • Chemical reaction
  • Hypersonic
  • Numerical simulation
  • Thermal nonequilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Applied Mathematics


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