An Interactive, Design and Educational Tool for Supersonic External-Compression Inlets
- Benson, Thomas J.
- May 1, 1994.
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- A workstation-based interactive design tool called VU-INLET was developed for the inviscid flow in rectangular, supersonic, external-compression inlets. VU-INLET solves for the flow conditions from free stream, through the supersonic compression ramps, across the terminal normal shock region and the subsonic diffuser to the engine face. It calculates the shock locations, the capture streamtube, and the additive drag of the inlet. The inlet geometry can be modified using a graphical user interface and the new flow conditions recalculated interactively. Free stream conditions and engine airflow can also be interactively varied and off-design performance evaluated. Flow results from VU-INLET can be saved to a file for a permanent record, and a series of help screens make the simulator easy to learn and use. This paper will detail the underlying assumptions of the models and the numerical methods used in the simulator.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19940025669.
Accession ID: 94N30174.
Joint Propulsion Conference; 27-29 Jun. 1994; Indianapolis, IN; United States.
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