Towards high efficiency hypersonic flight - Hypersonic bi-directional flying wing

Andy Nieto, Karen Perez, Marcus Rojas, Omar Rodriguez, Oscar Fernandez, Skyler Salman, GeCheng Zha

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of a hypersonic bi-directional flying wing concept for use in a high efficiency hypersonic system. The bi-directional flying wing concept consists of a symmetric planform which enables flight to occur at two different geometric configurations. The subsonic configuration would have a high aspect ratio and a low sweep. The aircraft would then rotate 90 degrees and enter the hypersonic configuration which would have a low aspect ratio and high sweep. This design overcomes the inherent conflict between subsonic and hypersonic flight in conventional hypersonic systems. The design was found to have high aerodynamic efficiency at both hypersonic and subsonic speeds. This concept could be applied to civil transports and military vehicles alike as the subsonic mode allows the aircraft to be operated on conventional runways. This paper examines some of the unique challenges that would be present in a hypersonic civil transport because of the need to ensure passenger comfort and safety. Optimization of the design is dependent on high speed multi-mode engines and high temperature resistant materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2012Jan 12 2012

Other

Other50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityNashville, TN
Period1/9/121/12/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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