Study of afterbody radiation during mars entry in an expansion tube

Sangdi Gu, Richard G. Morgan, Timothy J. McIntyre

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Recent work has shown that a significant contributor to the afterbody aeroheating during Mars entry is radiation1-3. However, relevant ground test data is not available to help assess the uncertainty associated with prediction of the radiation when designing the thermal protection system for the aeroshell afterbody. The present work is aimed at studying the afterbody radiation experienced during Mars entry through experiments. The X2 expansion tube at the University of Queensland is used to generate the relevant experimental freestream flow conditions. Analysis is carried out to characterize the generated experimental freestream conditions. A two dimensional wedge model is used to produce the expanding flow which simulates aspects of the afterbody flow around Mars entry vehicles. This generated expanding flow has a test time of about 50-110 μs, thus, allowing flow measurements to be conducted. Horizontal emission spectroscopy measurements at 3.25 mm above the test model was taken for the carbon dioxide 4.3 μm band at freestream velocities of 2.8, 3.4, and 4.0 km/s. The measurements were compared to numerical calculations of the radiation emission generated from three-dimensional flowfield calculations. The comparison showed that the numerical result was significantly overpredicted for the 2.8 km/s condition and underpredicted for the 4.0 km/s condition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781624104473
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting - Grapevine, United States
Duration: 9 Jan 201713 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Conference55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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