Numerical study of hypersonic reacting boundary layer transition on cones

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Hypersonic gas flow over cones is solved using computational fluid dynamics to obtain accurate boundary layer profiles. A linear stability analysis is performed on the profiles to determine the amplification rates of naturally occurring disturbances, and this information is used to predict the boundary layer transition location. The effects of freestream total enthalpy and chemical composition on transition location are studied to give a better understanding of recent experimental observations, namely, there is an increase in transition Reynolds number with increasing freestream total enthalpy, and this increase is greater for gasses with lower dissociation energies. The results show that linear stability predicts the same trends that were observed in the experiments, but it consistently overpredicts the transition Reynolds numbers by about a factor of two. The results of numerical experiments are presented which show the effect of reaction endo- or exothermicity on disturbance amplification rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Event32nd Thermophysics Conference, 1997 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 23 1997Jun 25 1997


Other32nd Thermophysics Conference, 1997
CountryUnited States

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