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Hypersonic Simulation

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
Hypersonic speed simulation software

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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.

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Ansys Solutions for Hypersonic Challenges

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

  • Very strong shocks -  strong shocks cause discontinuous temperatures, pressures and densities across the shock waves
  • Chemical and thermodynamic nonequilibrium – as Mach number rises, vibrational excitation of air, dissociation and ionization occur
  • Plasma – Will degrade radio communications and generate ‘blackout’ effect
  • Ablation – solid materials convert to gas due to pyrolysis and surface reactions
  • Structural deformation – extreme temperatures and heat fluxes reduce structural integrity
Ansys Solutions for Hypersonic Challenges

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Thermal FSI of a Sounding Rocket Through Atmosphere

This webinar will consider a typical sounding rocket with simplified internal components subjected to atmospheric re-entry aerodynamic conditions. It will illustrate the capabilities and workflow approaches that can be used to evaluate the thermal performance using Ansys structural and CFD simulation tools connected via the Ansys Systems Coupling environment.

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Addressing Challenges of High-Speed Vehicle Design Using Physics-Based Simulation Technology

In this on-demand webinar, we focus on the numerical study of the external aerodynamics of two cruise missile geometries. The first is a generic high-supersonic/low-hypersonic geometry. The study analyzes the main flow features to better understand the physical phenomena that govern the behavior of canard geometries at different angles of attack.

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