A nonlinear wavepacket tracking method for hypersonic boundary-layer flows on irregular domains

Oliver M.F. Browne, Anthony P. Haas, Hermann F. Fasel, Christoph Brehm

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A novel numerical approach for simulating unstable nonlinear wavepackets in hypersonic boundary-layers is presented. The adaptive mesh refinement wavepacket tracking (AMR-WPT) method has been developed as an efficient alternative to conventional direct numerical simulations (DNS). The AMR-WPT method employs the nonlinear disturbances equations (NLDE), an overset dual mesh approach with higher-order interapolation, and adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) to track wavepackets in hypersonic boundary-layer flows. The AMR-WPT method is also extended for for complex geometries by coupling in an immersed boundary method (AMR-WPT-IBM). After introducing the numerical details, the method is employed to simulate linear and nonlinear wavepackets for an axisymmetric M=9.81 straight cone and 2-D/3-D M=5.35 flat plate boundary-layer. The simulation results are compared against classical stability and transition prediction tools, such as linear stability theory (LST), parabolized stability equations (PSE) and DNS. It is demonstrated that the AMR-WPT method requires only 10% of the number of grid points when compared to DNS of a nonlinear wavepacket inside a hypersonic flat plate boundary-layer flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA AVIATION 2020 FORUM
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105982
StatePublished - 2020
EventAIAA AVIATION 2020 FORUM - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 15 2020Jun 19 2020

Publication series

Volume1 PartF


CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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