Modeling of the interaction of a side jet with a rarefied atmosphere

S. F. Gimelshein, A. A. Alexeenko, D. A. Levin

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Interaction of a jet from a 60 Ibf thruster positioned on the side of a small rocket, with the rarefied atmosphere at 100 and 80 km is studied numerically. The direct simulation Monte Carlo method was applied to model the three-dimensional jet-atmosphere interaction. Chemical reactions between free stream and plume species were included in the simulations. A two-stage numerical strategy was used, with sequential computations of an axisymmetric plume coreflow and three-dimensional plume-freest ream interaction. The impact of altitude, angle of attack, rocket velocity, and thrust, on flow fields and surface mass fluxes is analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event39th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2001 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2001Jan 11 2001


Other39th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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