Direct Numerical Simulation and Linear Analysis of Stability of Nonequilibrium Hypersonic Boundary Layers
Final rept. 1 Jun 95-31 May 98
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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The goal of this research project is to develop new advanced numerical methods and to perform direct numerical simulation DNS studies of transient hypersonic reacting flows over full 3-D maneuvering vehicles. The DNS tools and supporting theoretical approaches are used to gain new fundamental understanding of transition phenomena of 3-D chemically-reacting hypersonic boundary layers. Our research accomplishments in the report period can be classified into three areas. First, we have developed and validated new efficient and high-order accurate numerical methods for the DNS of 3-D hypersonic reacting boundary layers. The new methods include high-order semi-implicit Runge-Kutta schemes and new upwind high-order finite-difference shock-fitting schemes. These new methods were developed in order to overcome the difficulties associated with the DNS of hypersonic reacting flows with shock waves. Second, we have conducted extensive studies on the stability and receptivity phenomena of hypersonic boundary layers over blunt leading edges and elliptical cross-section blunt cones both by direct numerical simulation and by linear stability analyses. Third, the effects of using Burnett equations for rarefied hypersonic flow computations were investigated.
- Fluid Mechanics