Gas Surface Interactions Lab

New Paper!

March 30th, 2014

Francesco Panerai, Alexandre Martin, Nagi N. Mansour, Steven A. Sepka, and Jean Lachaud. “Flow-Tube Oxidation Experiments on the Carbon Preform of a Phenolic-Impregnated Carbon Ablator”. Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, (2014).
doi: 10.2514/1.T4265

New paper available!

February 11th, 2014

Miller, M. A., Martin, A., and Bailey, S. C. C., “Investigation of the scaling of roughness and blowing effects on turbulent channel flow.” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 55, No. 1675, 2014.

Herald-Leader article

July 23rd, 2013

NASA Award

July 18th, 2013

More information here:

Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Reentry Physics

February 13th, 2013

Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Reentry Physics

Fundamentals of Environment-Materials Interactions, Models and Design Approaches to Meet Emerging Space Needs

5th Ablation Workshop in Lexington, KY

February 9th, 2012

The 5th Ablation Workshop will be held right here, in Lexington, KY, from Feb. 28th to March 1st. More information can be found here:

Seminar on TPS design, November 1st

October 24th, 2011

Dr. Ioana Cozmuta, from NASA Ames, will be giving a seminar, as part of the William Maxwell Reed seminar series. More info here: Abstract and Bio (PDF)

Re-entry science in the 60s

October 18th, 2011

From the NASA NIX server:

Aerodynamic Heating and Deceleration During Entry into Planetary Atmospheres. Dr. Chapman’s lecture examines the physics behind spacecraft entry into planetary atmospheres. He explains how scientists determine if a planet has an atmosphere and how scientists can compute deceleration when the atmospheric conditions are unknown. Symbols and equations used for calculations for aerodynamic heating and deceleration are provided. He also explains heat transfer in bodies approaching an atmosphere, deceleration, and the use of ablation in protecting spacecraft from high temperatures during atmospheric entry. [Entire movie available on DVD from CASI as Doc ID 20070030962. Contact]

Aerodynamic Heating and Deceleration During Entry into Planetary Atmospheres

AIAA award

August 12th, 2011

Link to the AIAA Award news:

New papers

August 12th, 2011

[1] Farbar, E. D., Boyd, I. D., Kim, M., and Martin, A., “Investigation of the Effects of Electronic-Electron Translational Nonequilibrium on Numerical Predictions of Hypersonic Flowfields,” 42nd AIAA Thermo- physics Conference, No. AIAA-2011-3136, Honolulu, HI, June 27-30 2011.

[2] Martin, A., Farbar, E. D., and Boyd, I. D., “Numerical modeling of the CN spectral emission of the Stardust re-entry vehicle,” 42nd AIAA Thermophysics Conference, No. AIAA-2011-3125, Honolulu, HI, June 27-30 2011.

[3] Martin, A. and Boyd, I. D., “CFD Implementation of a novel carbon-phenolic-in-air chemistry model for atmospheric re-entry,” 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, No. AIAA 2011-143, Orlando, FL, January 4-7 2011.