Analysis of dynamic stability of space launch vehicles under aerodynamic forces using CFD derived data

Trikha, M. ; Gopalakrishnan, S. ; Mahapatra, D. Roy (2011) Analysis of dynamic stability of space launch vehicles under aerodynamic forces using CFD derived data International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 12 (5). pp. 213-224. ISSN 1550-2287

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A computational framework is developed to investigate the dynamic stability of space launch vehicles subjected to aerodynamic forces. A detailed mechanics based mathematical model of a moving flexible vehicle is used. The aerodynamic forces on the vehicle are obtained from simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package. The objective behind this investigation is to analyze the problem of aeroelastic instability in blunt/conical nose slender space launch vehicles. Coupling among the rigid-body modes, the longitudinal vibration modes, and the transverse vibrational modes are considered. The effect of propulsive thrust as a follower force is also considered. A one-dimensional finite element model is developed to investigate the occurrence of aeroelastic instabilities of various types. Eigenvalues of the vehicle are determined in order to analyze the stable regimes. As a special case, we show numerical simulations by considering a typical vehicle configuration, for a vehicle Mach number of 0.8. Phenomenon of flutter is observed at this Mach number. The proposed analysis is suitable for different launch events such as vehicle take-off, maximum dynamic pressure regime, thrust transients, stage separation etc. The approach developed in this paper can be utilized for preliminary design of launch vehicles and establishing the stability boundaries for different trajectory parameters.

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Keywords:Launch Vehicles; Dynamic Stability; Aerodynamic Forces; CFD
ID Code:102028
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