Parametric study of different fins for a rocket at supersonic flow

Zhang, G. Q., Ji, L. C., Xu,Y. and Schluter, J. 2015, Parametric study of different fins for a rocket at supersonic flow, Journal of mechanical engineering science, vol. 229, no. 18, pp. 3392-3404.

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Title Parametric study of different fins for a rocket at supersonic flow
Author(s) Zhang, G. Q.
Ji, L. C.
Schluter, J.
Journal name Journal of mechanical engineering science
Volume number 229
Issue number 18
Start page 3392
End page 3404
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12-01
ISSN 0022-2542
Keyword(s) computational flued dynamics
Summary Various parameters including the fins with variable span to chord ratio, curvature radius, and setting angle have been investigated between the flat fin and wrap around fin (WAF) rocket configurations at supersonic flow. The results show that under the same flight condition, the flat fins can provide a higher lift and pitching moments than the WAFs. Due to the symmetric effect, any extra side forces, moments as well as the self-induced rolling characteristics will be not generated as compared to the WAF configurations. The WAFs can greatly improve the longitudinal stability and enhance the longitudinal aerodynamic characteristics for the whole rocket. The static pressure distributions at different chordwise positions together with the force variations around the fins have been obtained computationally and analyzed in detail.
Language eng
Field of Research 091304 Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, IMechE
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