In the academic year 2019-2020 I joined ARIS Space, the student association for space in german Switzerland. There I joined team EULER, whose mission statement was to build a sounding rocket for the 2020 Spaceport America Cup competition which would reach the target apogee of 30,000 feet (9.144 km) with as much precision as possible.
My Batchelor’s Thesis was titled “Comparative study of density-based versus pressure-based solvers for supersonic flow”. The idea of the thesis stemmed from my work at ARIS, where one of the natural questions that arose was which solver would be best for my use case: simulating the aerodynamics of a supersonic sounding rocket. Under the supervision
Before running any CFD simulations we need to generate a mesh around our geometry to perform calculations on. This page is meant to document the standard process we use to generate this mesh for ARIS rockets. Inputs: Geometry exported from some CAD software in named STL format. The sample OpenFOAM case folder (ofcase_heidi_fullbody_meshing) Outputs: 3D
This page is meant as a reference of the principal components and other useful information about the OpenFOAM CFD toolkit.
Update: as of 2022, the full code has been open-sourced and is available on GitHub. In autumn 2018, I teamed up with classmates Silvia Nauer and Mikael Stellio for a project in the ETHZ course Physically-Based Simulation for Computer Graphics. The objective of our project was to create a video of a meteorite crashing into