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Development of an efficient 3D radiation transfer solver for atmospheric entry flows

Martínez Martínez, Javier ULiège
Promotor(s) : Terrapon, Vincent ULiège
Date of defense : 27-Jan-2017 • Permalink :
Title : Development of an efficient 3D radiation transfer solver for atmospheric entry flows
Author : Martínez Martínez, Javier ULiège
Date of defense  : 27-Jan-2017
Advisor(s) : Terrapon, Vincent ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Kerschen, Gaëtan ULiège
Magin, Thierry 
Language : English
Keywords : [en] Radiation, spacecraft heat loads, reentries
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
Funders : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
European Space Agency
Research unit : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, España
Degree: Master en ingénieur civil en aérospatiale, à finalité approfondie
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] Spacecraft undergo severe convective and radiative heating from the surrounding aerothermodynamic environment during their atmospheric entry at high velocities. An accurate heat-flux prediction during the design of such vehicles is therefore paramount for the success and safety of future planetary missions. The numerical simulation of hypersonic reactive plasma flows coupled with radiative heat transfer is an active research topic for the design of thermal protection systems of future space missions, in particular for the Mars exploration program. The numerical simulation of radiative transfer is a challenging problem because of the spatial, angular, and spectral dependence of the radiation field. The reference approach for treating the spectral dependence is the Line-By-Line (LBL) method which consists in finely discretizing the radiative properties over the relevant spectral range. These radiative properties depend on level populations and on fundamental spectroscopic data. We propose to implement a statistical narrow band formulation into the finite-volume algorithm for radiative heat-transfer of the COOLFuiD platform to decrease the computational time. 3D radiation fields will be computed for atmospheric entries of space missions. This work is related to the ABLARADABLA project of the European Space Agency.



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Committee's member(s)

  • Kerschen, Gaëtan ULiège Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Laboratoire de structures et systèmes spatiaux
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  • Magin, Thierry
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