PSE-3D Instability Analysis and Application to Flow Over an Elliptic Cone
Final rept. 15 Mar 2012-14 Mar 2015
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (SPAIN) ESCUELA TECHNICA SUPERIOR DE INGENIEROS AERONAUTICOS
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The present effort constitutes a step forward in advancing the frontiers of knowledge of fluid flow instability from a physical point of view, as a consequence of having been successful in developing groundbreaking methodologies for the efficient and accurate computation of the leading part of the spectrum pertinent to multidimensional eigenvalue problems EVP governing instability of flows with two or three inhomogeneous spatial directions. The discretization of the spatial operator resulting from linearization of the Navier-Stokes equations around flows with two or three inhomogeneous spatial directions by variable-high-order stable finite-difference methods has permitted a speedup of four orders of magnitude in the solution of the corresponding two- and three-dimensional EVPs. This improvement has been achieved thanks to the high-sparsity level offered by the high-order finite-difference schemes employed for the discretization of the operators. This permitted use of efficient sparse linear algebra techniques without sacrificing accuracy and, consequently, solutions being obtained on typical workstations, as opposed to supercomputers. Besides solution of the two- and three-dimensional EVPs of global linear instability, this development paved the way for the extension of the linear and nonlinear Parabolized Stability Equations PSE to analyze instability of flows which depend in a strongly-coupled inhomogeneous manner on two spatial directions and weakly on the third. The extensibility of the novel PSE-3D algorithm developed in the present report permits transition prediction in flows of industrial interest, thus extending the classic PSE concept which has been successfully employed in the same context to boundary-layer type of flows. The instability of compressible subsonic leading-edge flows has been solved, and the wake of an isolated roughness element in a supersonic and hypersonic boundary-layer has also been analyzed with respect to its instability.
- Operations Research
- Fluid Mechanics