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Time-Accurate Computational Analysis of the Flame Trench Applications

C. KIRIS, D. KWAK, W. CHAN, J. HOUSMAN, M. GUSMAN

Abstract


Time-accurate high-fidelity simulations of launch environments are performed to assess the effects of ignition overpresssure (IOP) waves on launch vehicles and surrounding structures. Simulations are performed using the dual-time stepping method, and assume a single-species gas model. This numerical procedure is applied to a series of three-dimensional simulations modeling the IOP behavior of Ares I-X launch pad configurations. Analysis of the flame trench for the STS-124 damage repair effort is also performed. Results are compared to flight data where possible and good agreement is achieved for all cases.

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