THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF LAMINAR FLOW SEPARATION ON FLAT PLATE-WEDGE COMPRESSION SURFACES IN THE HYPERSONIC STRONG INTERACTION REGIME.
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO N Y
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The report describes a theoretical and experimental investigation of the properties of attached and separated regions of shock wave-laminar boundary layer interactions in the strong interaction regime. A study was made of the flow over a flat plate-wedge compression surface in the high Mach number, low Reynolds number regime where the interaction between the viscous and inviscid regions over the basic flat plate is strong and of fundamental importance to the problem. The theoretical analysis described in the first part of the paper treats the development of the viscous layer and its interaction with the external inviscid stream, using an integral representation for the boundary layer equations. The analysis describes the strong interaction over the flat plate, the transition from a supercritical to a subcritical boundary layer upstream of the separation point, and the subsequent development of the viscous layer through to the end of the interaction. The theory was compared with experimental measurements in both strong and weak interaction regions of separated flow. The complementary experimental study described in the second part of the paper was designed to investigate the shock wave-boundary layer interaction on flat plate-wedge compression surfaces in the strong interaction regime. Author
- Fluid Mechanics