Off-stagnation point testing and methodology in plasma wind tunnel

O. Chazot, Francesco Panerai, V. Van der Haegen

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Abstract

Dedicated ground testing is a fundamental requirement for TPS design since nowadays spacecraft, which have stringent mass budget, need more and more precise and specific testing conditions. Plasma wind tunnels are commonly used for the suitable dissociated flow environments they provide for stagnation point testing. This paper explores the capabilities that such facilities could offer also for off-stagnation point testing to complement aerothermodynamic databases. A methodology for simulating reacting boundary layers in offstagnation point conditions is assessed with numerical computations. The VKI Plasmatron facility and the related measurement techniques are presented, for the new testing configuration. The first experimental results are examined to analyze the testing methodology and discuss its relevance for flight extrapolation applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2011Apr 14 2011

Publication series

Name17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011

Conference

Conference17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/11/114/14/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Chazot, O., Panerai, F., & Van der Haegen, V. (2011). Off-stagnation point testing and methodology in plasma wind tunnel. In 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011 (17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011). https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2210