Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar – Dr. Stuart Rogers

Dr. Stuart Rogers

Aerospace Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center

Topic: Modern CFD for Spacecraft Design and Operations

This presentation will provide an overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations performed at NASA Ames in support of the Space Shuttle program, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle/Orion program, and the NASA’s new Space Launch System vehicles. The parallel between the growth in computational resources and the complexity and impact of the calculations will be highlighted. The talk will cover investigation of the loss of the Columbia Space Shuttle due to foam-debris damage, and subsequent return-to-flight efforts. This effort included the use of computational simulations to develop aerodynamic models for foam, ice, and other types of debris. Launch support as a member of the Space Shuttle debris team includes working from the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center during the final countdown for each Shuttle mission. The same computational methods utilized for the Space Shuttle have been utilized to study aerodynamics for the Orion crew capsule and its abort system. With continued dynamic growth in NASA high-end computing, these methods are being applied to building complete aerodynamic databases for the Space Launch System.

Date(s) - 10/06/2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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