Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Research Sponsor

Dr. Alex Povitsky


This project seeks to improve the guidance of supersonic missiles with lateral jets. This is achieved by quantifying and optimizing the pressure distributions created along the surface of the missile by the jets in different configurations. The jets themselves must be considered as well as turbulent and compressible effects and thermal losses. To explore these effects, flat plate geometry experiments of high-speed jet in cross-flow are considered for validation purpose. Group members are using FLUENT to reproduce experimental results of a jet in crossflow attempting to achieve higher accuracy by use of various solution methods. Two and three dimensional models of air vehicles equipped with jet control created using Creo and corresponding flow simulations generated in Ansys FLUENT.


Acknowledgements: Problem initiated by Eglin Airforce Base Research Laboratory (Dr. D. Reasor) where Dr. Povitsky was a summer faculty fellow in 2016. Special thanks to graduate students Kristopher Pierson and Himel Barua.