Experimental Simulation of Gas Giant Entry in the PWK1 Arcjet Facility including CH4

Loehle, S. and Meindl, A. and Poloni, E. and Steer, J. and Sopek, T. and McGilvray, M. and Walpot, L. (2022) Experimental Simulation of Gas Giant Entry in the PWK1 Arcjet Facility including CH4. In: AIAA SciTech Forum 2022, 3 Jan - 7 Jan 2022, San Diego, California.


An approach for the experimental simulation of entry conditions into the atmosphere of gas giant Neptune is presented. The PWK1 facility at the Institute of Space Systems of the University of Stuttgart has been modified in order to be used with hydrogen-helium mixtures. Additionally, methane was injected aiming at investigating the influence of methane on the radiation behavior. Methane could significantly change the radiative heating behavior during the entry flight. Based on first emission spectroscopic measurements, it is shown that methane influences the spectra behavior considerably. CH and C2 molecular radiation appear and the overall radiation level is higher. The prominent hydrogen Balmer series are saturating the spectrometer, which needs further attention in future measurements.

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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2022 03:18
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 03:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arcjet facilities; Condition; Experimental simulations; Gas giant; Hydrogen-helium mixture; Institute of Space Systems; Neptune; Radiation behavior; Radiative heating; Spectroscopic
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400106 Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerothermodynamics
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5106 Nuclear and plasma physics > 510602 Plasma physics; fusion plasmas; electrical discharges
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5102 Atomic, molecular and optical physics > 510203 Nonlinear optics and spectroscopy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2022-0264
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50499

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