Hypersonic crossflow instability

Travis S. Kocian, Alexander J. Moyes, Helen L. Reed, Stuart A. Craig, William S. Saric, Steven P. Schneider, Joshua B. Edelman

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Under the auspices of NATO STO AVT-240: Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Transition Prediction, this paper describes the results of close collaborations among the authors toward the fundamental understanding and modeling of the instabilities associated with three-dimensional boundary layers in hypersonic flight. Specifically, the focus is directed towards the crossflow instability. A common geometry is analyzed from both a computational and experimental perspective using methods that are unique to each facility and methodology. Disturbance wavelength and trajectory, surface roughness, and the use of quiet wind tunnels are just a few items found to be key factors in the investigation of the crossflow instability. Quiet tunnels allow experiments to be performed in a disturbance environment comparable to that expected from flight, and the combination of different facilities and computations display a comprehensive analysis that would be unobtainable from any individual approach alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105241
StatePublished - 2018
EventAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2018Jan 12 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018


OtherAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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