Dr. Piyush Mehta, in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is using ARCHIE-WeSt to develop and validate a Free Open Source Tool for Re-entry of Asteroids and Space Debris. The research is part of the Marie-Curie FP7 ITN ‘Stardust’: Pushing the boundaries of Space Research to save our future. http://stardust2013.eu. The atmospheric re-entry of any object involves complex processes that can have significant effect on the survivability and ground-impact location. Accurate modeling of such processes requires model development and validation using intensive high-fidelity simulations. Two processes that are currently being investigated are aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics. Modeling and capturing surface distribution profiles of heat flux even for simple geometries like a cube can be quiet challenging as shown in the figure. The Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method is used to simulate the re-entry conditions and require intensive computational resources.
For more information about the project contact Prof Massimiliano Vasile, at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
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