Advances in CFD prediction of shock wave turbulent boundary layer interactions

Doyle Knight, Hong Yan, Argyris G. Panaras, Alexander Zheltovodov

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The paper presents a summary of recent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of shock wave turbulent boundary layer interactions. This survey was prepared as part of the activity of NATO RTO Working Group 10 which was established in December 1998, and considers results obtained subsequent to the previous survey paper on the same topic by Knight and Degrez ("Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interactions in High Mach Number Flows - A Critical Survey of Current CFD Prediction Capabilities", AGARD Advisory Report AR-319, Volume II, December 1998). Five configurations are considered: 2-D compression corner, 2-D shock impingement, 2-D expansion-compression corner, 3-D single fin and 3-D double fin. Recent direct numerical simulations (DNS), large eddy simulations (LES) and Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations are compared with experiment. The capabilities and limitations are described, and future research needs identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-184
Number of pages64
JournalProgress in Aerospace Sciences
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Boundary layers compressible flow
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Direct numerical simulation (DNS)
  • Gas dynamics
  • Large eddy simulation (LES)
  • Shock waves
  • Turbulence


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