Direct Numerical Simulations of Boundary-Layer Transition for a slender cone at Mach 6 initiated with Random Disturbances

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Abstract

Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) were carried out to investigate the laminar-turbulent transition process for a slender (2.5 half-angle) straight (right) cone at Mach 6 and zero angle of attack. The slender cone geometry of the experiments in the Boeing/AFOSR Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel (BAM6QT) at Purdue University was the basis for the numerical investigations. Transition was initiated by random disturbances introduced at the inflow boundary. A formation of “hot” streaks on the surface of the cone have been observed in the experiments at the BAM6QT and also in our previous “controlled” breakdown simulations. These numerical investigations indicated that the fundamental breakdown is likely the dominant mechanism relevant for the streak development for the slender cone. In the present paper, random disturbances were introduced at the inflow of the computational domain in an attempt to model “natural” transition as observed in experiments. Preliminary, axisymmetric calculations provided guidance regarding the required amplitude of the random disturbances so that laminar-turbulent transition could be observed within the computational domain. In this paper DNS results are presented and discussed for which the laminar-turbulent transition process was initiated using random disturbances at the inflow of the computational domain (“natural” transition).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum 2022
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624106316
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 3 2022Jan 7 2022

Publication series

NameAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period1/3/221/7/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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