Numerical investigation of the nonlinear transition stages for a sharp cone at Mach 10

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High-resolution Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) were carried out to identify the dominant nonlinear mechanisms of three-dimensional wave packets in a Mach 10 boundary layer on a 7 half-angle straight (right) cone with a “sharp” nose tip at zero angle of attack. Towards this end, nonlinear wave packets were generated with a short-duration pulse. For these simulations the same cone geometry as in experiments at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel No. 9 (T9) were used. The simulations were carried out for hypothetical flight conditions while matching the Mach number and the unit Reynolds number of the wind tunnel experiments. The wave packet simulations were carried out into the nonlinear transition stages in order to extract the dominant nonlinear mechanisms for the respective flow conditions. The computational domain covered a large extent of the cone in the azimuthal direction to allow for a wide range of azimuthal wavenumbers (kc ).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624106354
StatePublished - 2022
EventAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2022Jul 1 2022

Publication series

NameAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum


ConferenceAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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