Excellence in Research and Innovation for Humanity
%0 Journal Article
%A Naohiko Honma and  Kojiro Suzuki
%D 2012 
%J  International Journal of Mathematical, Computational, Physical, Electrical and Computer Engineering
%B World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
%I International Science Index 68, 2012
%T Design Optimization of Aerocapture with Aerodynamic-Environment-Adaptive Variable Geometry Flexible Aeroshell
%U http://waset.org/publications/774
%V 68
%X This paper proposes the concept of aerocapture with
aerodynamic-environment-adaptive variable geometry flexible
aeroshell that vehicle deploys. The flexible membrane is composed
of thin-layer film or textile as its aeroshell in order to solve some
problems obstructing realization of aerocapture technique.
Multi-objective optimization study is conducted to investigate
solutions and derive design guidelines. As a result, solutions which
can avoid aerodynamic heating and enlarge the corridor width up
to 10% are obtained successfully, so that the effectiveness of this
concept can be demonstrated. The deformation-use optimum
solution changes its drag coefficient from 1.6 to 1.1, along with the
change in dynamic pressure. Moreover, optimization results show
that deformation-use solution requires the membrane for which
upper temperature limit and strain limit are more than 700 K and
120%, respectively, and elasticity (Young-s modulus) is of order of
106 Pa.
%P 1084 - 1094