Numerical study of spallation phenomenon in an arc-jet environment

Raghava S.C. Davuluri, Huaibao Zhang, Alexandre Martin

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It is hypothesized that spallation could affect the aerodynamic heating rates of reentry vehicles using ablative heat shields. To investigate spallation effects, a code is developed to compute the dynamics of spalled particles. The code uses a finite-rate chemistry model to study the chemical interactions of the particles with the flow field. The spallation code is one-way coupled to a computational fluid dynamics solver that models the hypersonic flow field around an ablative sample. Spalled particle behavior is numerically studied in both argon and air flow fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science


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