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The influence of energy deposition parameters on laser plasma drag reduction
Author(s): Zhiguo Dou; Zhun Liu; Honglin Yao; Xiuqian Li
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Paper Abstract

Laser plasma drag reduction is a new method to reduce the wave drag of hypersonic flight. The research of the laser plasma drag reduction performance is an important work. The purpose of this paper is investigating laser plasma drag reduction by numerical simulation to enhance the understanding of the drag reduction mechanism, get the drag reduction performance in different conditions, and provide references for laser plasma drag reduction experiment in the future. Based on summarizing correlative references systematically, through building the model of energy deposition and comparison the simulated results to the empirical formula and computation results to verify the program correctness, the influence of laser energy parameters to laser plasma drag reduction were simulated numerically for optimize the performance. The follow conclusions were got by numerical simulation: The computation program can well simulate the interacting of LSDW(laser supported detonation wave) to the bow shock in front of the blunt body. Results indicate that the blunt body drag could be decreased by injecting laser energy into the incoming hypersonic flow. The correctness of program was verified by compare result to the experiment and computation results. Blunt body drag will be greatly decreased with injected laser power increased, The bigger laser power is injected, the more drag decreases. There’s an energy saturation value for each laser power level, the injecting laser power effectiveness values are never quite high for all laser power level. There is an optimized energy deposition location in upstream flow, this location is right ahead of the blunt body. When the distance from deposition location to the surface of blunt body is 5 times the blunt radius, blunt body drag decreased the most. This paper investigated the parameters which primary influence the performance of drag reduction. The numerical simulation data and obtained results are meaningful for laser plasma drag reduction experiment investigation. Aerodynamic drag, laser plasma, hypersonic, drag reduction, numerical simulation

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8904, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2013: High Power Lasers and Applications, 89040J (17 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2032854
Show Author Affiliations
Zhiguo Dou, Academy of Equipment (China)
Zhun Liu, Beijing Space Information Relay Transmission Technology Research Ctr. (China)
Honglin Yao, Academy of Equipment (China)
Xiuqian Li, Academy of Equipment (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8904:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2013: High Power Lasers and Applications
Andreas Tünnermann; Zejin Liu; Pu Wang; Chun Tang, Editor(s)

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