Modeling the effect of shock unsteadiness in shock/ turbulent boundary-layer interactions

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Abstract

Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) methods often cannot predict shock/turbulence interaction correctly. This may be because RANS models do not account for the unsteady motion of the shock wave that is inherent in these interactions. Previous work proposed a shock-unsteadiness correction that significantly improves prediction of turbulent kinetic energy amplification across a normal shock in homogeneous isotropic turbulence. We generalize the modification to shock-wave/turbulent boundary-layer interactions and implement it in the k-∈, k-ω, and Spalart-Allmaras models. In compression-corner flows, the correction decreases the turbulent kinetic energy amplification across the shock compared to the standard k-∈ and k-ω models. This results in improved prediction of the separation shock location, delayed reattachment, and slower recovery of the boundary layer on the ramp. For the Spalart-Allmaras model, the modification amplifies eddy viscosity across the shock, moving the separation location closer to the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-594
Number of pages9
JournalAIAA journal
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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