High-accuracy DNS of supersonic base flows and control of the near wake

Richard D. Sandberg, Hermann F. Fasel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

9 Scopus citations


Large-scale numerical simulations of axisymmetric, supersonic base flows were conducted at various Reynolds numbers. Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) were employed to investigate the hydrodynamic stability behavior of the near-wake region. As a consequence of physical flow instabilities, large coherent structures evolve that have a significant impact on the mean flow wand and are responsible for a considerable amount of base-drag. It is demonstrated that the deliberate exclusion or reinforcement of certain helical modes can lead to a rise in bas -pressure and thus decrease the drag of a blunt body at supersonic speed. For these investigations, a high-order accurate compressible Navier-Stokes solver in cylindrical coordinates with high parallel efficiency was developed and employed on the SGI Origin 3900 shared memory complex at the ERDC MSRC. In addition to providing vital insight into the physical mechanisms in supersonic base flows, the DNS results are intended for use as benchmark data for the development of a Flow Simulation Methodology (FSM) for high Reynolds number turbulent flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Users Group Conference, UGC 2004
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0769522599, 9780769522593
StatePublished - 2004
EventDoD HPCMP Users Group Conference, UGC 2004 - Williamsburg, VA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2004Jul 11 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program Users Group Conference, UGC 2004


OtherDoD HPCMP Users Group Conference, UGC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWilliamsburg, VA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'High-accuracy DNS of supersonic base flows and control of the near wake'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this