Radiation and gas-surface interaction phenomena in high-speed reentry - STO AVT-218

Date: Monday 07 April 2014 to Wednesday 09 April 2014

Location : University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IL, USA
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04



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High Speed re-entry represents a current challenge for space exploration programs. At such flight conditions shock layer radiation becomes a substantial part of the heat-transfer to the wall in addition to the Gas-Surface interaction (GSI) phenomena, with possible coupling effects.


HemisphereThe objective of this special course will focus on the extreme re-entry situations where the physical phenomena are much more pronounced and start to interplay. The ground testing capabilities and limitations for high speed re-entry will be reviewed with the associated instrumentation. Radiation modeling as well as the modeling development for GSI in such conditions will be presented. The consistent integration of those high fidelity models into CFD codes will be inspected with their reliability to provide accurate ground-to-flight extrapolation.

!This lecture series is opened to all NATO Nations, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

More information about the STO Activity AVT-218: http://www.cso.nato.int/activities.aspx


Monday 07 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Welcome address
    Prof. O. Chazot, Overview of the von Karman Institute Activities, VKI, Belgium
  • 09:15 Ground testing for High Speed Re-entry
    Prof. O. Chazot, VKI, Belgium
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Thermodynamics and transport properties of air mixtures with ablation
    Prof. Thierry E. Magin, VKI, Belgium
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 14:00 Modeling of pyrolysis gas in charring ablators
    Prof. A. Martin, UK, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Modeling High Temperature Oxygen-Silica Recombination using Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry
    Prof. T. Schwartzentruber, University of Minnesota, USA

Tuesday 08 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Advances in Molecular Spectra
    Dr. Richard Jaffe, NASA Ames, USA
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Absolute Radiation Measurements in Earth and Mars Entry Conditions
    Dr. B. Cruden, NASA Ames, USA
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Modeling of Non-equilibrium Radiation
    Prof. M. Panesi, University of Illinois, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Non-equilibrium Radiative Transfer Models: K-Distribution
    Prof. J.R. Howell, University of Texas Austin, USA
  • 17:15 Adjourn

Wednesday 09 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Multiscale Characterization and Modeling of Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator
    Dr. F. Panerai, University of Kentucky, USA
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Influence of Coupled Radiation and Ablation on the Aerothermodynamic Environment of Planetary Entry Vehicles
    Dr. C. O. Johnston, NASA Langley, USA
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Modeling of arc-jet facilitiess
    Dr. D. Prabhu, NASA Ames, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Progress in Coupled Modeling of Flow, Surface Chemistry, and Material Response
    Prof. I. Boyd and Dr. E. Farbar, University of Michigan, USA

Eligibility & Registration

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!This lecture series is opened to all NATO Nations, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

For non-Nato citizens, a request should be sent directly to STO (STO Paris, attn : Mrs. S. Cheyne – AVT Panel, rue Ancelle 7, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at least 6 weeks prior to this course. The acceptance should then be joined to your inscription and sent to VKI.
For STO-AVT-VKI Lecture Series, the fee is applicable for all NATO citizens. For non-nato citizens, the registration will be approved by the STO before the request will be taken into consideration.


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