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Numerical flow simulation on the EXPERT Earth atmosphere re-entry vehicle



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Numerical flow simulation on the EXPERT Earth atmosphere re-entry vehicle
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The objective of the EXPERT (European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed) project, a European experimental re-entry vehicle, is to improve the understanding of critical aerothermodynamic phenomena associated with hypersonic re-entry flights. Experiments on board EXPERT will obtain aerothermodynamic data in a representative flight environment for the validation of numerical models and of ground-to-flight extrapolation methodologies. The central component of EXPERT is the fibre-reinforced ceramic nose cap, which will be produced by the DLR Institute of Structures and Design (Institut für Bauweisen- und Konstruktionsforschung) in Stuttgart.

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