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FLUENT-based modelling of rocket exhaust signatures
Author(s): John L. Rapanotti
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Paper Abstract

Commercially available fluid-dynamics solvers, such as FLUENT, are being developed to analyze and design missiles of increasing complexity. These robust solvers can be further adapted to predict spectral radiation directly. While retaining the capability to predict signatures from underexpanded axisymmetric rocket exhaust typical of most rockets, this new capability can be extended to include subsonic missiles, such as sea-skimmers, ballistic missiles operating in near-vacuum conditions and side-discharging rockets for manual and semi-automatic command missile guidance. The preliminary results presented in this study suggest that when combined with available atmospheric models, these comprehensive codes can be used to develop improved threat detection and missile guidance optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6239, Targets and Backgrounds XII: Characterization and Representation, 62390S (4 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660576
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John L. Rapanotti, Defence Research and Development Canada — Valcartier (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6239:
Targets and Backgrounds XII: Characterization and Representation
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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