Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Banicescu, Ioana

Committee Member

Foster, Justin

Committee Member

Dettwiller, Ian

Committee Member

Bhushan, Shanti

Committee Member

Sescu, Adrian

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Computational Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Computational Engineering Program


This work presents implementation of a hybridized discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method for robust simulation of the hypersonic aerothermoelastic multiphysics system. Simulation of hypersonic vehicles requires accurate resolution of complex multiphysics interactions including the effects of high-speed turbulent flow, extreme heating, and vehicle deformation due to considerable pressure loads and thermal stresses. However, the state-of-the-art procedures for hypersonic aerothermoelasticity are comprised of low-fidelity approaches and partitioned coupling schemes. These approaches preclude robust design and analysis of hypersonic vehicles for a number of reasons. First, low-fidelity approaches limit their application to simple geometries and lack the ability to capture small scale flow features (e.g. turbulence, shocks, and boundary layers) which greatly degrades modeling robustness and solution accuracy. Second, partitioned coupling approaches can introduce considerable temporal and spatial inaccuracies which are not trivially remedied. In light of these barriers, we propose development of a monolithically-coupled hybridized DG approach to enable robust design and analysis of hypersonic vehicles with arbitrary geometries. Monolithic coupling methods implement a coupled multiphysics system as a single, or monolithic, equation system to be resolved by a single simulation approach. Further, monolithic approaches are free from the physical inaccuracies and instabilities imposed by partitioned approaches and enable time-accurate evolution of the coupled physics system. In this work, a DG method is considered due to its ability to accurately resolve second-order partial differential equations (PDEs) of all classes. We note that the hypersonic aerothermoelastic system is composed of PDEs of all three classes. Hybridized DG methods are specifically considered due to their exceptional computational efficiency compared to traditional DG methods. It is expected that our monolithic hybridized DG implementation of the hypersonic aerothermoelastic system will 1) provide the physical accuracy necessary to capture complex physical features, 2) be free from any spatial and temporal inaccuracies or instabilities inherent to partitioned coupling procedures, 3) represent a transition to high-fidelity simulation methods for hypersonic aerothermoelasticity, and 4) enable efficient analysis of hypersonic aerothermoelastic effects on arbitrary geometries.