The turbulence structure of a reattaching axisymmetric supersonic free shear layer

J. L. Hemn, J. C. Dutton

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The reattachment of a supersonic, axisymmenic shear layer downstream of a blunt based afterbody is studied. Of primary interest are the effects of the "extra" strain rates, such as bulk compression, concave streamline curvature, and lateral streamline convergence associated with shear layer reattachment, on the structure of the turbulence field. Experimental turbulence data obtained throughout the reattachment region with a two-component laser Doppler velocimeter are presented. In general, the compliant boundary reattachment process is shown to be different in character compared to the solid wall case. Most notably, significant reductions in the Reynolds stresses occur through the reattachment region due to the dominating effect of lateral streamline convergence as the flow approaches the axis. Similar to the solid wall case, however, a reduction in the mean turbulent transport toward the axis in the reattachment region was found, which suggests a radial containment of the large scale eddies near the axis of symmetry. The reattachment process was also Seen to have profound effects on the large 'dsca le structures in the shear layer primarily through reduced structural organization as indicated by the instantaneous velocity fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1995
EventFluid Dynamics Conference, 1995 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 19 1995Jun 22 1995


OtherFluid Dynamics Conference, 1995
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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