Exploring the response of a thin, flexible panel to shock-turbulent boundary-layer interactions

S. Michael Spottswood, Timothy J. Beberniss, Thomas G. Eason, Ricardo A. Perez, Jeffrey M. Donbar, David A. Ehrhardt, Zachary B. Riley

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The use of nonlinear, dynamic methods for the simulation of aerospace structures has increased dramatically in recent years [1]; however, very little relevant experimental data exists to properly guide these developments. An experimental campaign was initiated by the AFRL Structural Sciences Center (SSC) for three reasons: (1) to observe and measure the effect of turbulence, shock boundary-layer interactions (SBLI) and heated flow on an aircraft-like panel; (2) to explore severe structural events (dynamic instabilities and material failure); and (3) to refine full-field and non-contacting experimental measurement techniques necessary to characterize the flow environment and structural response. All of the objectives were achieved. The panel response to turbulent, heated flow and sensitivity to panel back-pressure modulation was studied, with large-deformation limit cycle behavior leading to panel failure, observed and measured. For the first time, the 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique was also used to record the panel behavior while filming through the flow and SBLI environment. Finally, fast reacting pressure sensitive paint (PSP) was used, concurrently with 3D DIC, to record the dynamic pressure across the panel surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-89
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
StatePublished - Mar 17 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Shock boundary-layer interaction
  • Sonic fatigue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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