Modal analysis of hypersonic shock-boundary layer interactions on a double wedge

Saurabh S. Sawant, Ozgur Tumuklu, Deborah A. Levin, Vassilis Theofilis

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The goal of this research is to understand the shock-boundary layer interaction (SBLI) in hypersonic flows over angular sections of vehicle in near continuum, transitional flow regimes (Re1=105 m−1 ) with the use of particle based Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method, which solves the Boltzmann equation of transport. This is achieved by the rigorous development of our scalable, in-house DSMC code, SUGAR, that have been demonstrated to simulate billions of particles on adaptive mesh refinement (AMR)/Octree grids. The specific intent of the ongoing work is to understand the stability of previously studied 2-D hypersonic SBLI system over a double wedge to spanwise perturbations. Spanwise structures have been observed in an exploratory spanwise periodic simulation started from a steady state 2-D base flow. Based on those results an approximate estimate of the spanwise wavelength has been made and a more refined simulation is performed to verify the existance of spanwise periodicity. Analysis of the observed structures in terms of their origin, governing mechanisms, coupling of shock activity with spanwise periodicity, and inherent self-excited eigenmodes are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781624105890
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum - Dallas, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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