Sonic boom estimation using the multipole method for free-flight experiments

Yuta Saito, Takahiro Ukai, Ko Miyakoshi, Kiyonobu Ohtani, Shigeru Obayashi

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This paper discusses a method for improving sonic boom estimation in free-flight experiments. The multipole method can take into account the three-dimensional shock wave properties of consolidation while producing adequate data of a near-field pressure distribution required for sonic boom estimation. Although this multipole method is often used in the numerical simulations for sonic boom minimization, it has not been adapted experimentally yet. In this study, sonic boom estimation assisted by the multipole method is performed for two models using the results of computation fluid dynamics and the free-flight experiments. For an axisymmetric model, the multipole method estimates sonic boom accurately by comparing with the actual sonic boom from the field measurement. Further investigation is conducted with a non-axisymmetric wing body model to confirm the effectiveness of the multipole method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781624102561
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2014 - National Harbor, United States
Duration: 2014 Jan 132014 Jan 17

Publication series

Name52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Conference52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNational Harbor


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