Flow Behaviour Assessment of Smokey SAM Rocket Prototype

Authors

  • Nur Azam Abdullah Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Nor Izzuddin Ismail Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Izham Izzati Ismail Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Hanafi Azami Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Norhuda Hidayah Nordin Department of Manufacturing and Material Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Nor Aiman Sukindar Department of Manufacturing and Material Engineering, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Zulkifli Zainal Abidin Centre for Unmanned Technologies (CUTe), International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ahmad Joahari Abu Bakar Lestari Aero Industries Sdn Bhd, Level 15, DPulze, Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Noriza Dani Lestari Aero Industries Sdn Bhd, Level 15, DPulze, Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37934/cfdl.13.9.4256

Keywords:

Smokey-SAM, aerodynamic, CFD, flight performance, rocket trajectory

Abstract

This paper presents an aerodynamic assessment on the "Smokey Sam Prototype (TRL-6) Start (X)". Initially, the rocket prototype was designed using OpenRocket open source software, where all of the user's design requirements and objectives are considered. The TRL-6 Smokey Sam Star (X) is expected to fly within 400 m with the operating Mach 0.2, as comparable to US GTR-18A. This research evaluates the aerodynamics performance of the design Smokey Sam prototype rocket using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. For instance, the CFD study assessed the flight performance and stability once launched, such as lift coefficient, drag coefficient and pitching moment. This research employs K-omega (k-ω) model to express the turbulent properties of the flow. The actual pressure distribution was compared with the conventional rocket material's exact pressure distribution to inspect the best rocket material to sustain the best strength to weight ratio at high-speed trajectory operation. Several observations were made into the modelling process, such as surrounding velocity and pressure. It is found that the flight is in stable mode since the obtained pitching moments are almost zero at all assessed speeds. 

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2021-09-30

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Nur Azam Abdullah, Nor Izzuddin Ismail, Izham Izzati Ismail, Muhammad Hanafi Azami, Norhuda Hidayah Nordin, Nor Aiman Sukindar, Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Ahmad Joahari Abu Bakar, & Noriza Dani. (2021). Flow Behaviour Assessment of Smokey SAM Rocket Prototype. CFD Letters, 13(9), 42–56. https://doi.org/10.37934/cfdl.13.9.4256

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