Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer and Materials

The Hypersonic Aerodynamics program explores the impact of boundary layer transition on unsteady heating and loading in shock-boundary layer interactions; the capabilities that high enthalpy test facilities can provide; and novel methods for fabricating hypersonic vehicle configurations.

Hypersonic flight (Mach 5 or higher) provides an unprecedented capability by simultaneously extending range and reducing transit time—enabling rapid reach and global targeting. Future high-speed weapons demand efficient aerodynamic designs that deploy lightweight, durable control surfaces and are capable of enduring the extreme exposure associated with hypersonic flight across a wide range of conditions.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Boundary layer physics in shock-wave-dominated flows around highly swept or slender bodies
  • Aero-thermo-elastic and/or aero-servo-elastic effects arising from control surface deflections at high-speeds
  • Descriptions of high-speed boundary layer transition that unify theories across disparate external conditions
  • Novel strategies for extending regions of laminar flow
  • Advanced hypersonic aerodynamic design tools that incorporate modern predictions of transition pathways, freestream noise contributions, time/ heating-dependent surface finish effects and unsteady aerodynamics

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Eric Marineau

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 35

Division: Aerospace Research

Email: eric.marineau@navy.mil

Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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