Investigation of a hypersonic crossing shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interaction

N. Narayanswami, D. D. Knight, C. C. Horstman

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A combined theoretical and experimental study is presented for the interaction between crossing shock waves generated by (10°, 10°) sharp fins and a flat plate turbulent boundary layer at Mach 8.3. The theoretical model is the full 3-D mean compressible Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes RANS) equations incorporating the algebraic turbulent eddy viscosity model of Baldwin and Lomax. A grid refinement study indicated that adequate resolution of the flowfield has been achieved. Computed results agree well with experiment for surface pressure and surface flow patterns and for pitot pressure and yaw angle profiles in the flowfield. The computations, however, significantly overpredict surface heat transfer. Analysis of the computed flowfield results indicates the formation of complex streamline and wave structures within the interaction region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalShock Waves
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


  • Crossing shock
  • Interaction
  • Turbulent boundary layer

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