2008 NASA Boom Workshop

The Supersonics Project of the NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program organized an internal sonic boom workshop to evaluate near-field sonic boom prediction capability at the Fundamental Aeronautics Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on October 8, 2008. Workshop participants computed sonic boom signatures for three non-lifting bodies and two lifting configurations. A cone-cylinder, parabolic, and quartic bodies of revolution comprised the non-lifting cases. The lifting configurations were a simple 69-degree delta wing body and a complete low-boom transport configuration designed during the High Speed Research Project in the 1990s with wing, body, tail, nacelle, and boundary layer diverter components. The AIRPLANE, Cart3D, FUN3D, and USM3D flow solvers were employed with the ANET signature propagation tool, output-based adaptation, and a priori adaptation based on freestream Mach number and angle of attack. Results were presented orally at the workshop.

Summary Paper

Summary of the 2008 NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop AIAA paper presented at the 2013 Aerospace Sciences Meeting. This article documents the workshop, results, and provides context on previously available and recently developed methods.

Workshop Presentations

FAP2008: Introduction and Case Descriptions for the Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop, Susan Cliff, NASA Ames

FAP2008: Assessment of Unstructured Euler Methods for Sonic Boom Pressure Signatures Using Grid Refinement and Domain Rotation Methods Susan Cliff, Scott Thomas, Matt McMullen, John Melton, and Don Durston, NASA Ames

FAP2008: Output-Adaptive Tetrahedral Cut-Cell Validation for Sonic Boom Prediction Michael Park and Eric Nielsen, NASA Langley

FAP2008: Sonic-Boom Prediction with Output-Based Adaptation and Cart3D: Michael Aftosmis, Marian Nemec, and Mathias Wintzer, NASA Ames

FAP2008: A Method for Shearing and Stretching Unstructured Grids for Improved Sonic Boom Prediction: Richard Campbell and Melissa Carter, NASA Langley

FAP2008: Summary and Comparison of NASA’s Supersonic Boom Prediction Methods: Melissa Carter, NASA Langley