Hypersonic Applications: Physical Models for Interdisciplinary Simulation – Online Short Course (Starts Sept 15, 2021) 15 September - 24 September 2021 Online

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  • From 15 September 2021 – 24 September 2021 (2 Weeks, 4 Lectures, 8 Hours)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • Instructed by experts from the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course


Hypersonic numerical simulation developments and improvements are critical to the advancement of current and future sustained high-speed flights and interplanetary explorations. In order to achieve a higher degree of fidelity for the high-enthalpy hypersonic flows, physical models must venture into an interdisciplinary domain by integrating chemical kinetics, ionization, quantum transition, radiation, and electromagnetics with aerodynamics. This unique 8-hour short course is meant to introduce students to physical models for interdisciplinary simulation of hypersonic applications, emphasizing on introduction and evaluation of various physical models. Topics include internal energy excitations, non-equilibrium chemical kinetics, transport properties (diffusivity, viscosity, and thermal conductivity), energy relaxations, radiative heat transfer, weakly ionized gas, and surface ablation.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand physical characteristics of high-enthalpy hypersonic flow
  • Gain awareness of hypersonic numerical simulation from a historical perspective
  • Understand internal energy excitations
  • Understand non-equilibrium chemical kinetics
  • Understand transport properties
  • Understand energy relaxations
  • Understand radiative heat transfer
  • Understand weakly ionized gas
  • Understand surface ablation
Who Should Attend:  The course is designed for engineers, researchers, students, scientists, and managers interested/ engaged in interdisciplinary simulations of hypersonic applications.

Course Fees (Sign-In To Register)
- AIAA Member Price: $595 USD
- Non-Member Price: $795 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $395 USD
Course Outline
  • Physical characteristics of high-enthalpy hypersonic flow: brief discussions on the characteristics of hypersonic flow with the emphasis on high-temperature effects that distinguished high-enthalpy flow from perfect gas flow
  • Awareness of hypersonic numerical simulation from a historical perspective: introduction to hypersonic numerical simulation from a historical perspective with the emphasis on difficulties to develop interdisciplinary models
  • Internal energy excitations: introduction to various physical models of internal energy excitations and evaluation of different models
  • Non-equilibrium chemical kinetics: introduction to various physical models of non-equilibrium chemical kinetics and evaluation of different models
  • Transport properties: introduction to various physical models of transport properties (viscosity, diffusivity, and heat conductivity) and evaluation of different models
  • Energy relaxations: introduction to various physical models of energy relaxations and evaluation of different models
  • Radiative heat transfer: introduction to various physical models of radiative heat transfer and evaluation of different models
  • Weakly ionized gas: introduction to various physical models of weakly ionized gas and evaluation of different models
  • Surface ablation: introduction to various physical models of surface ablation and evaluation of different models
Classroom hours / CEUs:  8 classroom hours / .8 CEU/PDH

Course Delivery and Materials
  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here: https://zoom.us/test
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7. All slides will be available for download after each lecture.
  • No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures, the instructors will be available via email for technical questions and comments.

Xiaowen “Sean” Wang
 is an Assistant Professor of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department at The University of Alabama. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and has been worked as members of the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee, the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, and the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee since 2009. His research interests are high fidelity flow simulations, hypersonics, and low temperature plasma.

Chuck Bersbach is a senior principal engineer at Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Tucson Arizona where is a subject matter expert in the areas of aerothermodynamics, ablation/pyrolysis, and other environmental assessments. He is a member of the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee since 2016.
Heather Kline is an aerodynamics engineer at Virgin Galactic working on high-speed mobility problems. She is a senior member of AIAA and a member of the Thermophysics Technical Committee. Dr. Kline has worked in areas from shape optimization of hypersonic inlets to boundary layer stability under thermochemical nonequilibrium, to high-speed civil transport vehicle and propulsion design and performance analysis. She has contributed as a developer to high-fidelity simulation tools including the CFD and multiphysics simulation tool SU2, and the boundary layer stability tool LASTRAC.

Ryan Bond is the Principal Developer for the U. S. Department of Defense’s HPCMP CREATE-AVTM Kestrel software development team. He is also the team’s subject matter expert for thermochemistry relevant for hypersonic flows. His employment is carried by the University of Tennessee Space Institute, where he is a Research Professor. He holds bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico. He has prior work experience at Sandia National Laboratories and Arnold Engineering Development Complex. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.