Computational analysis of the off-design performance of a Mach 6 (L/D) ispmax optimized waverider
Newberry, Conrad F.
Hobson, Garth V.
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In a continuation of ongoing Naval Postgraduate School efforts to study the performance characteristics of waverider configured vehicles, a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis of the Mach 6 L/DI(sp)(max) optimized Price waverider was conducted. This analysis was performed to determine the theoretical force and moment data over a broad Mach number spectrum, and to compare theoretical and experimental results in the subsonic flight regime. The CFD determination of force and moment data represents a continuation of the ongoing analysis of the Price waverider configuration. Selected viscous and inviscid flow solutions for flight conditions in the range 0.3 < M(infinity) <6. 0, as well as a subsonic (M(infinity) = 03) angle of attack sweep, were conducted using NASA CFD software (OVERFLOW1.8b). Examination of the computed converged flow field solutions suggests that the surface pressure distributions and Mach number contours surrounding the holy are valid. Low speed force and moment coefficient data are shown to exhibit reasonable agreement with the available subsonic wind tunnel data. Additionally, supersonic CFD results show the development of the expected shock layer, exhibiting an attached shock bed at the design Mach number (M(infinity) = 6.0). Evaluation of the computed Mach number effects on lift and drag coefficients at subsonic, transonic and supersonic Mach numbers suggests that the Price waverider may exhibit some flight instabilities across the flight Mach number spectrum.
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