Simulation of convective burning and dynamic fracture in solid propellants

Changyu Hwang, Luca Massa, Robert Fiedler, Philippe H Geubelle

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Abstract

This paper summarizes the formulation, implementation and preliminary application of a coupled fluid-structure-combustion algorithm developed to simulate convective burning in stationary and dynamically propagating cracks present in solid propellant specimen. The coupling approach combines an explicit cohesive/volumetric finite element (CVFE) scheme, used to model the spontaneous initiation and rapid propagation of cracks, with an unstructured adaptive finite volume fluid solver. A dynamic burning module models the transient combustion process in the solid-propellant crack cavity. An Arbitrary Lagrangian /Eulerian (ALE) formulation is adopted for the solid solver to account for the regressing boundary of the solid propellant. The code is applied to two problems: one involves convective burning inside a stationary crack, regression of the solid walls and flame spreading along the crack. The second problem involves the simulation of crack propagation due to the convective burning and the corresponding pressurization in solid propellants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2002Jul 10 2002

Publication series

Name38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit

Other

Other38th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit 2002
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period7/7/027/10/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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