Published June 21, 2022 | Version v1
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CFD Simulations and Wind Tunnel Experiments for Re-usable Launch Vehicles

  • 1. CFS Engineering, EPFL Innovation Park, Batiment A, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2. Destinus, Aeropole 132, 1530 Payerne, Switzerland
  • 3. DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, Supersonic and Hypersonic Technologies Department, Linder Ho ̈he, 51147 Cologne, Germany


In the frame of the RETALT project a large number of CFD simulations and Wind Tunnel experiments were made for both the RETALT1 and RETALT2 configurations to better understand the physics and mechanisms of retro-propulsion at supersonic flow conditions. For RETALT1, it was found in both CFD and Wind Tunnel experiments that the flow structure (bow shock stand-off distance, location of the Mach disk) varies linearly with 􏰂(cT ), with cT the thrust coeffi- cient. However, other flow features, as for example the ratio of nozzle exit pressure with the post-stagnation pressure, show a linear dependence on the cT . For RETALT2 a hys- teresis effect was observed in the Wind Tunnel experiments when varying the incidence angle, and a similar behavior was found in the CFD calculations.



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RETALT – Retro Propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies 821890
European Commission