Date of Award


Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. Eric R. Perrell

First Committee Member

Dr. Lakshmanan Narayanaswami

Second Committee Member

Dr. William Engblom


A computational tool to simulate thermal radiation between surfaces is developed. The output is verified against cases for which the analytical solutions are available. The tool can be used as a stand-alone program, or as an interactive module for CFD. In such an application the module would augment other heat transfer boundary conditions. The tool is demonstrated by post-processing surface temperature field data from a supersonic CFD calculation. The result is a net thermal radiation surface data field - the black body radiative effluxes as functions of temperature, less the integrated influxes multiplied by their geometric view factors from other surface cells. An algorithm to compute blocking, or "shadowing" of surfaces is presented and demonstrated on a simple geometry. Validations using a geometrically complex experimental case from the literature is performed.