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Multiphysics Simulation for Hypersonic Vehicle Design


Hypersonic Speed Simulation Software

Ansys simulation tools are perfect solutions to examine all the challenges of hypersonic speed. As an aircraft begins to travel above Mach 1, fluids start to exhibit different physical behavior. Our multiphysics simulations enable users to capture the complex phenomena that occur, including strong shocks, plasma, ablation, structural deformation and chemical nonequilibrium. Shorten your development time and reduce testing efforts with industry-leading software that allows you to quickly tackle problems specific to hypersonic design.

  • Accuracy for Extreme Aerothermal Environment
    Accuracy for Extreme Aerothermal Environment
  • Prediction of Antenna Performance Degradation
    Prediction of Antenna Performance Degradation
  • High-fidelity Deformation of Structure
    High-fidelity Deformation of Structure
  • Component Material Selection Optimization
    Component Material Selection Optimization
  • Enhance Detection & Tracking
    Enhance Detection & Tracking
  • Optimize Performance of Propulsion Systems
    Optimize Performance of Propulsion Systems
  • Explore Potential Trajectories & Maneuvers
    Explore Potential Trajectories & Maneuvers
Hypersonic speed simulation software

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Ansys Fluent
Ansys Fluent
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CFD software known for its advanced physics modeling and renowned for industry leading accuracy.

  • Modern user-friendly interface
  • Single window workflow—pre to post-processing
  • Streamlined meshing and physics workflows
  • Advanced physics modeling
  • Efficient meshing and solver HPC scaling
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Ansys Mechanical
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Solve broad structural analysis needs with a suite of finite element analysis (FEA) solutions that provides in-depth analysis of structural and coupled-field behaviors.

  • Easy to Use, Multi-Purpose Tool
  • Persistent, Dependable Solver Technology
  • Dynamic, Integrated Platform
Ansys HFSS
Ansys HFSS
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A 3D electromagnetic field solver to design high-frequency and high-speed electronic components. Its FEM, IE, asymptotic and hybrid solvers address RF, microwave, IC, PCB and EMI problems.

  • Solves multi-layer packages
  • 3D layout workflow for PCBs and packages
  • High-frequency electromagnetic solvers
  • IP protection through 3D components
Ansys Granta MI Pro

Fast-start Materials Data Management

  • User-friendly Materials Database
  • Compare materials properties
  • Integration with leading CAD and CAE products
  • 2,600+ Materials Datasets pre-loaded
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Systems Tool Kit (STK) provides an environment for analyzing and visualizing complex systems in the context of your mission. Interact with data from platforms across the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and other industries. Simulate your intended missions and communicate the results with reports, graphs, and stunning 3D animations.

Optics & Virtual Reality (VR) Ansys SPEOS

Speos is dedicated to design, measure and assess light propagation in your system. Adopt a virtual prototype strategy thanks to accurate and fast optical simulation thanks to Human Vision unique capability. In a 3D environment, design and validate any Lighting Design, develop and integrate optical sensors system such as Camera and LiDAR with a realistic environment (weather) or optimize any display design.

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FDTD is the gold-standard for modeling nanophotonic devices, processes, and materials.

  • Multi-coefficient models create accurate material modeling
  • Simulate nonlinear and spatially varying anisotropic materials
  • Utilize scripting, advanced pos-processing and optimization routines
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Ansys Minerva
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Ansys Minerva, powered by Aras, is an enterprise-level, purpose-built simulation process and data management solution that enhances engineering productivity with an intuitive, easy-to-use, web-based user interface catering to all simulation workflows. Minerva is vendor-neutral and allows integration with a host of Ansys and third-party simulation and PLM software.
  • Access and reuse simulation data
  • Well-coordinated simulation process management
  • HPC job submission and data management
  • Project awareness with Role-based dashboards
  • Access to simulation insights by non-experts
  • Synchronize and exchange data with enterprise integration
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Ansys ModelCenter empowers engineers to create and automate multi-tool workflows, optimize product designs, and enable Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) by connecting requirements to engineering.
  • Perform systems level conceptual design studies

  • Verify requirements using any engineering analysis tool

  • Simulate complex system behaviors predictably

  • Connect any analysis to the digital thread

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Ansys optiSLang
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Ansys optiSLang is an enterprise-level process integration and design optimization solution that allows vendor-neutral process integration for evaluation of optimal product design alternatives for cost and performance benefits.

  • Simulation Tool Chain Automation
  • Better understanding with design exploration
  • AI/ML based design optimization
  • Robustness evaluation and risk quantification
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Ansys Cloud Direct provides cloud-based HPC with flexible licensing that can be accessed from your desktop. 

  • Optimized for integration with Ansys programs
  • Azure-based system for complete security
  • Access Workstation-level capabilities from your desktop
  • Remote job monitoring

Hypersonic Speed Presents Complex Fluid Flow Behavior

At hypersonic speeds, many challenges may arise that need to be closely examined. There are so few wind tunnels in the world capable of testing hypersonic prototypes, and flight testing is extremely expensive and lengthy. Simulation offers the best and most cost-effective way to look at this flight regime. Ansys simulation tools can be used to examine all the challenges associated with hypersonic speed.

Simulation Solutions

Ansys Solutions for Hypersonic Challenges

Ansys simulation tools can be used to examine all the challenges one may face while traveling at hypersonic speed.

  • Airframe Survivability - Understand Thermal and Pressure Effects to Improve Aerothermodynamic Performance
  • Thermal Protection Systems - Improve the Heat Shield Design with High-Fidelity Simulation
  • Communication Degradation & Blackout - Avoid Flow Ionization Interference with Communication Systems 
  • Maneuverability at High-Speeds - Develop Trajectories and Maneuvers Allowed by Airframe & Control Surfaces
  • Detection & Tracking - Design Higher Quality Sensors and Smarter Sensor Systems
  • Propulsion for Acceleration & Maintaining Thrust Virtually Validate Propulsion Systems to Optimize Performance 
Ansys Solutions for Hypersonic Challenges

Featured Resources


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Tackling Design Challenges for Hypersonic Vehicles

The resurgence in hypersonic technology highlights the need to simulate complex systems using computer simulations. Given the extreme costs of flight testing and the limited capabilities of ground-based wind tunnels, computer simulation is a key enabling technology to stay ahead in the design and analysis of hypersonic vehicles. 

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Improving EO/IR Sensors using Ansys Optical CFD

Learn how this new area of computer simulations, combined with experimentation and analysis, can provide a more comprehensive and cost-effective way to develop better EOIR sensors.

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High-Speed Combustion/Reacting Flow Modeling

As a leader in combustion/reacting modeling, Ansys tools are being used to solve some of the A&D industry’s toughest problems. In this webinar, we will focus on workflows that apply high-speed combustion/reacting flow models for use in air breathing engines (ramjet, scramjet, RDE), re-entry chemistry, liquid/solid rocket motors, etc. 



Hypersonics simulation
By: Jennifer Procario, Matt Ladzinski, and Valerio Viti

Learn how the A&D industry is using simulation to address complex hypersonics physics, advanced structures and materials, control systems, and avionics.

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