Investigation of Boundary Layer Relaminarization on a Reentry Vehicle Nosetip
Final rept. 20 Sep 1974-30 Mar 1975
ACUREX CORP/AEROTHERM MOUNTAIN VIEW CA
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A correlation for the distribution of heat transfer on a nosetip with a relaminarized boundary layer is developed and implemented in a general nosetip shape change code. A sensitivity study is made that shows that relaminarization results in significantly reduced heating rates in the sphere-cone tangent region of a reentry nosetip. This locally reduced heating is expected to have an impact, not as yet quantified, on the thermostructural performance of the nosetip.
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