Input-output analysis of complex hypersonic boundary layers

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We apply I/O analysis to investigate multi-modal instability mechanisms in Mach 6 flow past a cold-wall sharp cone and blunt cones with and without a swept fin. I/O analysis, based on the resolvent operator, considers the linear dynamical response of an entire flow system to small externally imposed fluctuations. The global view taken by I/O analysis allows it to handle complex geometry seamlessly. All of the cases we consider involve multi-mode interaction, which is difficult for traditional stability analysis to capture. We demonstrate that I/O analysis captures both modal growth and non-modal growth in hypersonic boundary layers, and thus provides an ideal platform to study multi-mode instability. As the cases that we consider become progressively more complex we show that such interactions become increasingly important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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