Shear layer flapping and interface convolution in a separated supersonic flow

C. J. Bourdon, J. C. Dutton

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The steadiness and convolution of the interface between the freestream and recirculating/wake core regions in an axisymmetric, separated supersonic flow were studied using planar imaging. Five regions along the shear layer/wake boundary were investigated in detail to quantify the effects that key phenomena, such as the recompression and reattachment processes, have on the development of large-scale unsteady motions and interfacial convolution. These studies show that flapping motions, when viewed from the side, generally increase in magnitude, in relation to the local shear layer thickness, with downstream distance, except at the mean reattachment point, where they are slightly suppressed. When viewed from the end, the area-based (pulsing) fluctuations increase monotonically downstream as a percentage of the local area, whereas the position-based (flapping) motions show pronounced peaks in magnitude in the recompression region and in the developing wake. The interface convolution increases monotonically with downstream distance in both the side- and end-view orientations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907-1915
Number of pages9
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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