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Multi-scale chemistry modelling for spacecraft atmospheric re-entry

Bell, Andrew M and Brown, Richard E and Mulheran, Paul A (2015) Multi-scale chemistry modelling for spacecraft atmospheric re-entry. In: Faculty of Engineering Research Presentation Day 2015, 2015-06-24 - 2015-06-24. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We aim to develop a model capable of simulating the surface chemistry and material erosion involved when a re-entry vehicle descends through the atmosphere. Our starting point is to simulate the erosion of a fcc crystal slab due to cluster bombardment, using the model Lennard-Jones potential. From this, we plan to scale up towards Direct Monte Carlo Simulation approaches for the gas dynamics above the surface.