Towards trajectory control of a supersonic projectile using laser energy deposition

Arastou Pournadali Khamseh, Edward P. Demauro

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Experiments were performed within Rutgers University’s supersonic wind tunnel to investigate the effects of laser energy deposition on the flow field around an ogive-cylinder. The goal of this work was to quantify the ability of laser energy deposition to achieve appreciable alteration of the aerodynamic loading about the ogive-cylinder. For these tests, perturbation of the flow was achieved using a 200 mJ/pulse Nd:YAG laser to generate a spark near the ogive-cylinder. Visualization of the global flow field was accomplished using high-speed shad-owgraph imaging, which verified the formation of a spark and the classically defined toroidal vortex structure. Furthermore, high-speed shadowgraph visualized the passage of the spark across the ogive-cylinder shock structure, where lensing of the shock was observable. In addition to these qualitative tests, quantitative measurements are presented using a six-component load sensor to quantify the influence of the spark on the aerodynamic loading of the ogive-cylinder. Preliminary results showed induced changes to the ogive-cylinder’s axial and normal forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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