Hypersonic Applications: Physical Models for Interdisciplinary Simulation

When:  Sep 15, 2021 from 13:00 to 15:00 (ET)
  • 15 September – 24 September 2021 (2 Weeks, 4 Lectures, 8 Hours)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • Instructed by experts from the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee
  • The course is designed for engineers, researchers, students, scientists, and managers interested/ engaged in interdisciplinary simulations of hypersonic applications.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.


Hypersonic numerical simulation developments and improvements are critical to the advancement of current and future sustained high-speed flights and interplanetary explorations. In order to achieve a higher degree of fidelity for the high-enthalpy hypersonic flows, physical models must venture into an interdisciplinary domain by integrating chemical kinetics, ionization, quantum transition, radiation, and electromagnetics with aerodynamics. This unique 8-hour short course is meant to introduce students to physical models for interdisciplinary simulation of hypersonic applications, emphasizing on introduction and evaluation of various physical models. Topics include internal energy excitations, non-equilibrium chemical kinetics, transport properties (diffusivity, viscosity, and thermal conductivity), energy relaxations, radiative heat transfer, weakly ionized gas, and surface ablation.


Learning Objectives 

  • Understand physical characteristics of high-enthalpy hypersonic flow

  • Gain awareness of hypersonic numerical simulation from a historical perspective

  • Understand internal energy excitations

  • Understand non-equilibrium chemical kinetics

  • Understand transport properties

  • Understand energy relaxations

  • Understand radiative heat transfer

  • Understand weakly ionized gas

  • Understand surface ablation

Course Fees (Sign-In to Register)

- AIAA Member Price: $595 USD

- Non-Member Price: $795 USD

- AIAA Student Member Price: $395 USD