Re-Entry Aeroheating Analysis of Tile-Repair Augers for the Shuttle Orbiter
39th AIAA Thermophysics Conference
Computational re-entry aerothermodynamic analysis of the Space Shuttle Orbiter's tile overlay repair (TOR) sub-assembly is presented. Entry aeroheating analyses are conducted to characterize the aerothermodynamic environment of the TOR and to provide necessary inputs for future TOR thermal and structural analyses. The TOR sub-assembly consists of a thin plate and several augers and spacers that serve as the TOR fasteners. For the computational analysis, the Langley Aerothermodynamic Upwind
... dynamic Upwind Relaxation Algorithm (LAURA) is used. A 5-species non-equilibrium chemistry model with a finite rate catalytic recombination model and a radiation equilibrium wall condition are used. It is assumed that wall properties are the same as reaction cured glass (RCG) properties with a surface emissivity of = 0.89. Surface heat transfer rates for the TOR and tile repair augers (TRA) are computed at a STS-107 trajectory point corresponding to Mach 18 free stream conditions. Computational results show that the average heating bump factor (BF), which is a ratio of local heat transfer rate to a design reference point located at the damage site, for the auger head alone is about 1.9. It is also shown that the average BF for the combined auger and washer heads is about 2.0. * AMA, Inc./NASA LaRC, Aerothermodynamics Branch, AIAA Member; Ali.R.Mazaheri@nasa.gov † NASA Langley Research Center, Aerothermodynamics Branch, Senior lifetime AIAA Member.