Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket
Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
Volume 40 No. 1, December 2017, Pages 46-58
Md Nizam Dahalan1,*, Ahmad Fitri Suni1, Iskandar Shah Ishak1, Nik Ahmad Ridhwan Nik Mohd1, Shabudin Mat1
1Department of Aeronautical, Automotive and Ocean Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
*Corresponding author: email@example.com
Curved fin rocket, numerical simulation, semi-empirical method, aerodynamic characteristics regime
This paper summarizes a study of the aerodynamic characteristics of a curved fin rocket. The study was conducted with the use of semi-empirical method and numerical simulation. The semi-empirical method was implemented with USAF DATCOM as a reference. The ANSYS Fluent was used for the numerical simulation. The curved fin rocket configuration included a conical nose, a cylindrical body, and four curved fins attached symmetrically at the aft body of the rocket. The semiempirical method and numerical simulations were undertaken at various Mach numbers, which were 0.15, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 for subsonic speed. For supersonic speed, the Mach numbers were 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0. The angle of attack varied from 0? to 25? for each speed, at 5? increments. The compared results included those attained from wind tunnel testing, USAF DATCOM, numerical simulation, and those results gathered from previous researchers. According to the results, each method resulted in the same trend, and followed typical rocket aerodynamic characteristic trends.
CITE THIS ARTICLE
Dahalan, Md Nizam, et al. “Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket.” Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences 40.1 (2017): 46-58.
Dahalan, M. N., Suni, A. F., Ishak, I. S., Nik Mohd, N. A. R., & Mat, S. (2017). Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 40(1), 46-58.
Dahalan, Md Nizam, Ahmad Fitri Suni, Iskandar Shah Ishak, Nik Ahmad Ridhwan Nik Mohd, and Shabudin Mat. “Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket.” Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences 40, no. 1 (2017): 46-58.
Dahalan, M.N., Suni, A.F., Ishak, I.S., Nik Mohd, N.A.R. and Mat, S., 2017. Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 40(1), pp.46-58.
Dahalan, MN, Suni, AF, Ishak, IS, Nik Mohd, NAR, Mat, S. Aerodynamic Study of Air Flow over A Curved Fin Rocket. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences. 2017;40(1):46-58.
 Howell, E. “Rockets : A History”. Space.com Contibutor, 2015.
 Yao, N. “Experimental Investigation of Curved Fin Rocket”. Final Year Undergraduate Project Thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2015.
 Sethunathan, P., R. N. Sugendran, and T. Anbarasan. “Aerodynamic Configuration Design of a Missile.”
 EASTMAN, D., and D. WENNDT. “Aerodynamics of maneuvering missiles with wrap-around fins.” In 3rd Applied Aerodynamics Conference, p. 4083. 1985.
 Mandi?, Slobodan. “Analysis of the Rolling Moment Coefficients of a Rocket With Wraparound Fins.” Serbia Military Technical Institute, Scientific Technical Review 56, no. 2 (2006): 30-37.
 Cent, Vin, and Tai Vin Cent Su. “Development of Computer Software on Rocket Aerodynamic Characteristics Estimation.” PhD diss., Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2007.
 Dahalan, Md Nizam, Su Vin Cent, and Mohd Shariff Ammoo. “Development of a computer program for rocket aerodynmic coefficients estimation.” Jurnal Mekanikal 28 (2009): 28-43.
 Seginer, A., and B. Bar-Haim. “Aerodynamics of wraparound fins.” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 20, no. 4 (1983): 339-345.
 Allen, Jerry M., and Carolyn B. Watson. “Experimental study at low supersonic speeds of a missile concept having opposing wraparound tails.” (1994).
 Pope, A. and Harper, J. “Low-speed wind tunnel testing”. Technology & Engineering, 1966.
 Nielsen, Jack N. “Missile aerodynamics.” (1988).
 Lesieutre, Daniel J., John F. Love, and Marnix FE Dillenius. “High angle of attack missile aerodynamics including rotational rates-Program M3HAX.” In Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference. 1996.
 Sooy, Thomas J., and Rebecca Z. Schmidt. “Aerodynamic predictions, comparisons, and validations using missile datcom (97) and aeroprediction 98 (ap98).” Journal of spacecraft and rockets 42, no. 2 (2005): 257-265.
 Catani, U., De Amicis, R., Masullo, S., Bertin, J. and Bouslog, S. “Aerodynamic characteristics for a slender missile with wrap-around fins. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets”. 20(2), (1983): 122-128.
 Li, M., Abbas, L. and Rui, X. “The Simulation of Wraparound Fins Aerodynamic Characteristics”. Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 2015.
 Rahman, M.R. “Wind tunnel test on UTM -X1 rocket body”. Final Year Undergraduate Project Thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2007.
 Finck, R. D., Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory (US), and D. E. Hoak. USAF stability and control DATCOM. Engineering Documents, 1978.
 Qin, Yap Zi, Amer Nordin Darus, Nor Azwadi Che Sidik, and Nor Azwadi. “Numerical analysis on natural convection heat transfer of a heat sink with cylindrical pin fin.” J. Adv. Res. Fluid Mech. Therm. Sci. 2, no. 1 (2014): 13-22.
 Wong, M.K., L. C. Sheng, L.C., Che Sidik, N. A. and Hashim, G.A., “Numerical Study of Turbulent Flow in Pipe with Sudden Expansion”, Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, (2015): 34-48.
 Too, J. H. Y., and C. S. N. Azwadi. “Numerical Analysis for Optimizing Solar Updraft Tower Design Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).” J. Adv. Res. Fluid Mech. Therm. Sci.22 (2016): 8-36.