Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 39, Issue 19, pp 5915–5924

The hypersonic environment: Required operating conditions and design challenges

  • D. M. Van Wie
  • D. G. DrewryJr.
  • D. E. King
  • C. M. Hudson


Hypersonic flight powered by airbreathing engines offers the potential for faster response time at long ranges, and reduced cost for access-to-space. In the present paper the operating environment of typical hypersonic vehicles are discussed, including results for the radiation equilibrium wall temperature of external vehicle surfaces and the flow properties through three sample engines spanning the range of hydrocarbon-fueled Mach 4-8 flight and hydrogen-fueled flight at speeds up to Mach 17. Flow conditions at several locations through the sample engines were calculated to provide indications of the required operating flow environment. Additional system consideration such a seals, joints, vehicle integration and in-service engineering are addressed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Van Wie
    • 1
  • D. G. DrewryJr.
    • 1
  • D. E. King
    • 1
  • C. M. Hudson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics LaboratoryLaurelUSA

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