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I'm looking for a way to (very) roughly estimate the convective heat transfer onto a rocket hull during atmospheric ascent (ideally through different planetary atmospheres). While I'm comfortable with most of the necessary variables, the heat transfer coefficient h seems to be a bit of a problem since it depends on a range of different parameters (Prandtl, Reynolds,...) that continuously change during the ascent.

Although I'm aiming for a simple and highly idealized approach, I fear that too much estimation adds up to a worthless solution.

I'm probably not the first person to think about that topic. Do you know of any links, papers, etc. to get me started?

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  • $\begingroup$ "I'm probably not the first person to think about this topic." Lol. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Jun 30 '15 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ It was meant to be a joke - but as I'm not a native speaker that maybe didn't work out to well :/ Besides sophisticated numerical approaches, estimating the heat transfer coefficient should be a common problem in preliminary design for all types of (flying) vehicles. How did our grandfathers deal with this? $\endgroup$ – cl10k Jun 30 '15 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ It was clearly a joke and I was appreciating it. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Jun 30 '15 at 16:31

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