A Sensitivity Investigation on the Aeroelastic Dynamic Stability of Slender Spinning Sounding Rockets
Keywords:Sounding rockets, Aeroelastic analysis, Flutter margins, Sensitivity studies
The present work addresses a sensitivity analysis investigation of the aeroelastic stability margins for the VSB-30 sounding rocket during the atmospheric flight phase. Parametric stability analyses are performed considering variations of the inertia properties of the modular payload. Such variations can be caused by different type and/or number of experiments (payload modules). The aerodynamic model is based on a supersonic unsteady potential aerodynamic method. Freestream conditions depend on the flight speed and atmosphere. An equivalent structural dynamic model of the rocket is represented by a beam-like structure. The objective of this investigation is to establish an aeroelastic model for aeroelastic stability and response analyses, as well as a procedure for the identification of stability margins for rockets. The resulting aeroelastic model should be further used in MDO processes for the improvement of the vehicle flight performance. The results of the present effort indicate that the flutter behavior of the VSB-30 sounding rocket is sufficiently robust inside the operational envelope, even considering the environmental and loading conditions. The spinning effect, in this case, does not play a significant role, because the flutter margins remain almost unaltered with and without VSB-30 body spin.
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