Shock Shape Transition on Spherically Blunted Cones in Hypersonic Flows

  • J. Martinez Schramm
  • K. HannemannEmail author
  • H. G. Hornung
Conference paper


Spherically blunted cones are commonly utilized as re-entry or entry capsules. Depending on the cone angle, the shock shape is either dominated by the spherical nose or the conical part. In flight a transition between these two situations might occur, and this can result in undesirable effects on the aerodynamic stability. To understand the shock shape transition behaviour in more detail, a systematic numerical and experimental study is ongoing. In the present article, the influence of vibrational non-equilibrium compared to frozen flow is discussed for sphere-cone configurations at zero-degree angle of attack.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Martinez Schramm
    • 1
  • K. Hannemann
    • 1
    Email author
  • H. G. Hornung
    • 2
  1. 1.German Aerospace Center, DLR, Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, Spacecraft DepartmentGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.GALCIT, CaltechPasadenaUSA

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