A Numerical Study of Separating Supersonic Laminar Boundary-Layers,
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV BLACKSBURG DEPT OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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A numerical study has been made of the nature of the solution to the supersonic boundary-layer equations when the flow separates from the surface. To this end, implicit finite difference solutions t the governing equations are obtained for linearly and quadratically retarded flows over flat plates for a Mach number range of 2 to 15. Both extremely hot and cold wall conditions are considered. Also, solutions for flow on a compression ramp are obtained with and without including the boundary layers free interaction with the local freestream. The results of this study indicate that non-interacting flows are singular at separation and that free interaction effects reduces singularity. An alternate means of numerically smearing out the singularity and proceeding past separation is also presented.
- Fluid Mechanics