HDMR-based sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification of GOCE aerodynamics using DSMC

Alessandro Falchi, Edmondo Minisci, Martin Kubicek, Massimiliano Vasile, Stijn Lemmens

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A sensitivity analysis of aerodynamic coefficients has been performed by coupling a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method and a High Dimensional Model Representation based uncertainty quantification approach. The study has been performed on the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite. The uncertainty on aerodynamics has been quantified with respect to atmospheric parameters, which have been obtained using the NRLMSISE-00 atmospheric model, within a free molecular flow regime in the Low Earth Atmosphere. The aerodynamic simulations have been performed with the dsmcFoam code, based on the open-source OpenFOAM platform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStardust Final Conference
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Asteroids and Space Debris Engineering and Science
EditorsMassimiliano Vasile, Edmondo Minisci, Leopold Summerer, Peter Mcginty
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-69956-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2018

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1570-6591


  • aerodynamic coefficients
  • Monte Carlo
  • low earth atmosphere


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