Temporal characteristics of hypersonic flows over a double wedge with Reynolds number

Ozgur Tumuklu, Kyle M. Hanquist

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Laminar hypersonic flows at Mach 7.10 with unit Reynolds numbers of 5.2 × 10 4 , 1.04 × 10 5 , and 4.14 × 10 5 m−1 over a 30°/55° double-wedge configuration were studied to investigate the spatial-temporal characteristics of the flow in a time-accurate manner. Close comparisons were made between previous kinetic and current continuum approaches to test the validity of the continuum assumption, especially considering the presence of large gradients associated with shock-shock and shock-boundary layer interactions, as well as spanwise instabilities. Previous results from direct simulation Monte Carlo, which inherently predicts rarefied effects such as velocity slip and temperature jumps, were found to be in very close agreement with the current work, even for the lowest Reynolds number. The impact of velocity slip and temperature jumps on flow and surface parameters was investigated, and comparisons were made with a no-slip and constant temperature wall model. The temporal and spatial variation of two- and three-dimensional flows were thoroughly investigated using two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D) periodic sidewall boundary conditions, and a full 3D configuration consistent with existing experimental data. Close comparisons among the 2D and 3D cases were made. The characteristics of 2D periodic oscillations were reported for the moderate Reynolds number case for the first time. The presence of spanwise instabilities, even at a relatively low free stream pressure of about 100 Pa, establishes that the flow field depends on spanwise effects and is fully 3D. High-fidelity numerical schlieren videos captured strong spanwise oscillations for 3D configurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106116
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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