SCAMP: Solution of the Lossy Nonlinear Tricomi Equation for Sonic Boom Focusing

Joseph Salamone, Victor Sparrow, Robert Cowart
2013 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition   unpublished
Sonic boom focusing theory has been augmented with new terms that account for mean flow effects in the direction of propagation and also for atmospheric absorption/dispersion due to molecular relaxation due to oxygen and nitrogen. The newly derived model equation was numerically implemented using a computer code. The computer code was numerically validated using a spectral solution for nonlinear propagation of a sinusoid through a lossy homogeneous medium. An additional numerical check was
more » ... ical check was performed to verify the linear diffraction component of the code calculations. The computer code was experimentally validated using measured sonic boom focusing data from the NASA sponsored Superboom Caustic and Analysis Measurement Program (SCAMP) flight test. The computer code was in good agreement with both the numerical and experimental validation. The newly developed code was applied to examine the focusing of a NASA low-boom demonstration vehicle concept. The resulting pressure field was calculated for several supersonic climb profiles. The shaping efforts designed into the signatures were still somewhat evident despite the effects of sonic boom focusing. iv
doi:10.2514/6.2013-935 fatcat:me25hltkyfejdgb5qbk3jsb7ma