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Analysis of unsteady behaviour in shockwave turbulent boundary layer interaction

  • Muzio Grilli (a1), Peter J. Schmid (a2), Stefan Hickel (a1) and Nikolaus A. Adams (a1)

The unsteady behaviour in shockwave turbulent boundary layer interaction is investigated by analysing results from a large eddy simulation of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer over a compression–expansion ramp. The interaction leads to a very-low-frequency motion near the foot of the shock, with a characteristic frequency that is three orders of magnitude lower than the typical frequency of the incoming boundary layer. Wall pressure data are first analysed by means of Fourier analysis, highlighting the low-frequency phenomenon in the interaction region. Furthermore, the flow dynamics are analysed by a dynamic mode decomposition which shows the presence of a low-frequency mode associated with the pulsation of the separation bubble and accompanied by a forward–backward motion of the shock.

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Animation of the reconstructed flow field by the four dominant modes. 11 contours of velocity are shown.

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Animation of the reconstructed flow field by the four dominant modes. 11 contours of velocity are shown.

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