Ballistic Modeling and Effects
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Numerical Modeling of Reacting Multidimensional Gas/Solid Flows Advisor: Nusca, Michael J. [Click Here To Join]; 410.278.6108) Key words: Fluid Dynamics, Particle Dynamics, Numerical Simulation, Solid Propellant, Reacting Flow, Turbulence This opportunity involves the development and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes that solve the multiphase, three-dimensional, Navier-Stokes equations for chemically reacting gases and burning solid particles. Applications include flows in which all or some of the following effects are important: solid propellant combustion, gas-phase combustion (including hypergolic), equilibrium and finite-rate chemical kinetics, radiation, diffusion, turbulence, vorticity, liquid droplet combustion, porosity, and compaction. Emphasis is placed on performing original research, model generation, and solving practical problems such as those encountered in modeling solid propellant gun charges (interior ballistics) and solid propellant rocket engines (internal ballistics) for next-generation missile systems. We encourage the development of original CFD codes as well as the use of COTS codes. Computer resources include PC and LINUX workstations, as well as SGI, IBM, and CRAY mainframes. ARL is the site of one of the DOD's Major Shared Resource Centers for high-performance computing. This vast array of computing resources makes the performance of complex CFD simulations feasible. Publications in the open literature and the presentation of papers at appropriate technical meetings and conferences are encouraged. This Research Opportunity aligns with the ARL Sciences for Lethality and Protection Campaign: Ballistics and Blast, in the area of Weapons and Energy Projection. References Schmidt JR and Nusca MJ: JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics 3(1): 180, 2010 Nusca MJ, et al: Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer 16(1): 157, 2002 Nusca MJ: Journal of Propulsion and Power 18(1): 44. 2002 Nusca MJ, et al: Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies 4(3): 271, 1999 Disciplines Sought Ph.D. in Chemical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering, with experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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