Improving the aerodynamic force measurement system for the USQ gun tunnel

Davidson, Timothy (2004) Improving the aerodynamic force measurement system for the USQ gun tunnel. [USQ Project]


Download (1MB)


The accurate landing of entry capsules on other planets and moons depends on accurate
knowledge of the aerodynamic behavior of the landing vehicle. The problem is that at
the hypersonic speeds that are experienced by entry capsules during atmospheric entry,
it is very hard to predict the capsule's behavior.
This project, The Measurement of Entry Capsule Aerodynamic Force Coefficient aims
to improve the original aerodynamic force measurement system that is used in the
University of Southern Queensland Gun Tunnel.
After an analysis of the previous method of force measurement and a review of other
force measurement systems a new system was designed for the Gun Tunnel. This will
allow for the prediction of normal and axial forces on an entry capsule model, as well
as the location of the centre of pressure.
The first test run of this project aimed to identify the aerodynamic forces acting on
the Japanese, MUSES-C Entry Capsule during a Mach 7 flow in the USQ Gun Tunnel.
During this test only the axial force was measured. This force was then compared to a
prediction based on a Newtonian Flow model.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 103
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: hypersonic flow, aerodynamic force measurement system, USQ gun tunnel, Measurement of Entry Capsule Aerodynamic Force Coefficient, MUSES-C Entry Capsule
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091508 Turbulent Flows
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090107 Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering > 401213 Turbulent flows
40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400106 Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerothermodynamics

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only