Hypersonic Flight: Propulsion Requirements and Vehicle Design 15 June - 16 June 2019 Cortez B, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

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Conference Rate $700  


0800–1700 hrs

Development of hypersonic air-breathing propulsion (HAP) is crucial to extend the flight regime of aircraft, and to develop revolutionary reliable, affordable, routine Earth-to-orbit spacecraft. The performance advantages of HAP vehicles are dependent upon advances in current state-of-the-art technologies in many areas such as ram/scramjet/rocket propulsion integration, high temperature materials, thermal protection systems, and overall vehicle control. Moreover, the complex interactions between elements of a HAP vehicle represent a new paradigm in vehicle synthesis to achieve the optimal performance necessary to meet aerospace mission objectives. This course provides the technical background in hypersonics and highlights the vehicle design methodology required to achieve the mission objectives of hypersonic flight.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn best practice standards to parametric vehicle sizing and technology forecasting.
  • Study the relationships and interface of analysis, design, and multi-disciplinary synthesis tools to conduct parametric studies of hypersonic vehicles.
  • Delve into combined cycle and hybrid propulsion for aircraft and reusable aerospace vehicles, addressing various air-breathing/rocket combined cycle propulsion concepts.
  • Review design of key components common to most hypersonic air-breathing propulsion (HAP) systems, such as inlets, isolators, combustors, fuel injectors, flame-holders, and nozzles.
  • Gain technical background on high-temperature materials, aero-structures, thermal management, fuel injection and supersonic combustion kinetics

Who Should Attend 

The course is designed for project engineers, researchers, students, scientists and managers engaged in research, design, development, and testing of advanced air-breathing and/or rocket propelled hypersonic vehicles. 

  • Introduction to Hypersonic Flight 
    • Overview of high-speed propulsion concepts, aerospace flight environment and review of missions
  • Hypersonic Flight Modeling
  • Aerothermodynamics of Ram/Scramjet Engines  
    • Inlet, Isolator, Nozzle Flowfields and Design Requirements
  • Supersonic Combustion 
    • Fuel Injection, Mixing, and Chemical Kinetics
  • Required Flight Vehicle Size
  • Required Methodology
  • Hypersonic Air-Breathing Propulsion (HAP) Dual Mode Combustion and Fuels 
  • Required Energy
  • Hybrid and Combined-Cycle Propulsion 
    • Concepts and Technical Issues 
  • Available Energy
  • Vehicle Parametric Sizing 
  • High Temperature Materials: An Enabling Technology for Hypersonic Flight
  • Hypersonic Structures and Thermal Management 
  • Process Engineering and Facility Requirements 
  • Prospects for Future Hypersonic Cruisers, Hypersonic Accelerators, and Hypersonic Gliders   
Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since these notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded.  

Dora E. Musielak, Ph.D. Specialized in high-speed propulsion, Dr. Dora E. Musielak has over two decades of experience directing R&D projects in industry. Her key expertise is in high-speed air breathing propulsion and liquid chemical rockets. Musielak was chief scientist and led a scramjet propulsion development program sponsored by the U.S. government. Dora Musielak is the recipient of two NASA research fellowships, one of which she was awarded to carry out research at the Hypersonics Propulsion Branch, NASA Langley Research Center. 

An AIAA Associate Fellow, Dr. Musielak has taught hypersonic propulsion courses for almost two decades. Musielak has served in several national and international technical committees, including the NRC Committee on Breakthrough Technology for Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, the AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Program Committee (PGC PC), and the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion TC, a committee she chaired from 2014 to 2016. 

Bernd Chudoba, Ph.D. Dr. Bernd Chudoba is Professor and Director of the Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) Laboratory at The University of Texas Arlington and President of AVD Services LLC. The AVD setting is dedicated to advance the aerospace systems conceptual/preliminary synthesis capability that challenges the status quo for aerospace vehicle design, strategic and technical forecasting. Consistency, predictability, correctness and transparency are fundamental attributes to the AVD operation, overall aimed at reducing the volatility in early aerospace decision-making.

Dr. Chudoba has 30 years of research & development experience in configuration aerodynamics, high-speed propulsion and stability & control, overall flight vehicle synthesis of subsonic to hypersonic and reusable space launch vehicle design. His experience relates to research with the European advanced design departments of Airbus Industrie, British Aerospace, EADS, Aérospatiale, ESA, Fairchild Dornier, and in the USA with NASA, DARPA, AFRL, NIA, Airbus Helicopters and others.

Dr. Chudoba has taught hypersonic vehicle design short courses with NASA/Boeing and USAF/AFRL. He is author of ‘Stability and Control of Conventional and Unconventional Aircraft Configurations’ and co-author of ‘Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems and Integration’. The forthcoming dedicated aerospace vehicle design text by Chudoba & Czysz titled ‘Parametric Aerospace Vehicle Design – Hypersonic Flight and Space Launch Convergence’is expected publication with Springer in December 2019.