Influence of Spike-Nosed Length on Aerodynamic Drag of a Wing-Projectile Model


  • Van Minh Do
  • T. Hung Tran Le Quy Don Technical University, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Xuan Son Bui
  • D. Anh Le School of Aerospace Engineering, VNU-University of Engineering and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam



aerospike, drag coefficient, flow fields, umerical methods


In this study, the effect of spike-nosed length on aerodynamic drag of a wing-projectile model was investigated at supersonic conditions. The projectile BK-13 with convex nose was selected for the study. The ratio of nose diameter and model diameter was fixed at around 0.34 while the ratio of the length of the nose and the model diameter was changed from 1.25 to 2.75. Numerical simulation with turbulent model k-ε was applied for flow structure around the model. The effect of mesh size and numerical models on the drag of the standard model was investigated. The study showed that numerical methods allow to obtain highly accurate drag coefficients. As the length of aerospike increases, the drag coefficient quickly decreases and obtains a minimum value at l/D = 2.0. The effect of spike-nosed length and velocity on flow pattern and drag of the model was explained in details in this study.


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How to Cite

Do, V. M., Tran, T. H., Bui, X. S., & Le, D. A. (2022). Influence of Spike-Nosed Length on Aerodynamic Drag of a Wing-Projectile Model . Advances in Military Technology, 17(1), 33–45.



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