-Space Propulsion & High Velocity Flow-

Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement

This theme brings together closely related scientific activities: propulsion for space vehicles and the flight of supersonic spacecraft in planetary atmospheres.

Plasma space propulsion

  • Thruster physics
  • Magnetized plasma sources
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Engineering and test means PIVOINE-2G

Thinner flows for atmospheric re-entries

  • Flow control by plasma and MHD actuators
  • Experimental study of thermal imbalance and heat transfer
  • Development of analysis tools
  • Experimental research around CubeSats

Flow control in propellant nozzles

  • Vectorization by secondary injection
  • Transition control in double-curved nozzles

Numerical simulations

  • Extension of the WENO code to thermodynamic out-of-equilibrium flows
  • Control of the laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonicity