Studies of Atmospheric Processes
Semiannual technical rept. no. 1
WAYNE STATE UNIV DETROIT MI RESEARCH INST FOR ENGINEERING SCIENCES
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The research described in the report is aimed at characterizing the non-equilibrium flow and coupled chemistry associated with the interaction of rocket exhaust effluents in the upper atmosphere. Several aspects of current study should be noted. Although continuum fluid descriptions based on the Navier-Stokes equations are valid at low altitudes, at high altitudes rarified effects must be considered. To investigate this transition and the ultimate analytical modeling of rarified flows, a Monte Carlo technique applied to a Boltzmann equation formulation is being studied.
- Atmospheric Physics