The effect of turbulence on double-cone shock interactions

Krishnendu Sinha, Michael J. Wright, Graham V. Candler

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In this paper, turbulent computations of double-cone shock interaction flows are compared with experiments. The low Reynolds number k — ε turbulence model of Jones and Launder is used. Two double-cone models, corresponding to Type VI and Type V shock interactions, were tested at two operating conditions. The flow solutions obtained for the Type VI interactions are essentially laminar and reproduce the experimental data. A laminar flow is also obtained for the Type V interaction at the lower Reynolds number, but the solution in this case over-predicts the separation region. In contrast, the computations for the higher Reynolds number Type V interaction shows significant effect of turbulence. The laminar solution is very different from the experiment whereas accounting for the effect of turbulence improves the computational predictions substantially. In spite of the limitations of the turbulence model, the qualitative trends observed in this study are of interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1999
Event37th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1999 - Reno, United States
Duration: Jan 11 1999Jan 14 1999


Other37th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was supported by the Army Research Office Grant No. DA/DAAH04-95-1-0540 and by the Army High Performance Computing Research Center under the auspices of the Department of the Army, Army Research Laboratory cooperative agree- ment number DAAH04-95-2-OQ03/contract number DAAH04-95-C-0008, the content of which does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the government, and no official endorsement should be inferred. Computer time was in part provided by the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

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© 1999 by Krishnendu Sinha.


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