3D DSMC Simulation of Rarefied Gas Flows around a Space Crew Capsule Using OpenFOAM


An open source Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) code, called as dsmcFoam in OpenFOAM, is used to study a blunt body with the shape of a space crew capsule return vehicle. The rarefied gas has the Knudsen number with 0.03. The flow with a Mach number 4.35 over the capsule was simulated by DSMC. The distributions of velocity field and temperature around the capsule were calculated. This study may provide some useful information for the reentry of the return vehicle.

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Z. Shang and S. Chen, "3D DSMC Simulation of Rarefied Gas Flows around a Space Crew Capsule Using OpenFOAM," Open Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 35-38. doi: 10.4236/ojapps.2013.31005.

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