Numerical investigation of unsteady heat transfer on a double wedge geometry in hypervelocity flows

Jeffrey R. Komives, Ioannis Nompehv, Graham V. Candler

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In recent experiments performed at the University of Illinois, nitrogen and air flows over a double wedge geometry at Mach numbers varying from 4-7 and stagnation enthalpies varying from 2.1-8.0 MJ/kg were investigated. Selected cases from these experiments are simulated using US3D to ascertain the ability of state-of-the-art finite-volume hypersonic flow solvers to replicate experimental results. Two-dimensional simulations predict an unsteady separation and shock-shock interaction under both reacting and non-reacting conditions. The numerical solutions reach a time-periodic solution for certain experimental conditions. Good agreement is observed between experiment and two-dimensional simulations of the Mach 7 flow conditions when the simulations are limited to the experimental run-time. When run to a large number of flowtimes, the agreement is poor. Three-dimensional simulations of these free-stream conditions show non-uniformities in the wedge boundary layer during flow development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624102899
StatePublished - 2014
Event44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2014Jun 20 2014

Publication series

Name44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference


Other44th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


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