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Title: Unsteadiness in shock-wave/boundary layer interactions
Author: Touber, Emile
ISNI:       0000 0001 3854 8256
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2010
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The need for better understanding of the low-frequency unsteadiness observed in shock wave/turbulent boundary layer interactions has been driving research in this area for several decades. This work investigates the interaction between an impinging oblique shock and a supersonic turbulent boundary layer via large-eddy simulations. Special care is taken at the inlet in order to avoid introducing artificial low-frequency modes that could affect the interaction. All simulations cover extensive integration times to allow for a spectral analysis at the low frequencies of interest. The simulations bring clear evidence of the existence of broadband and energetically-significant low-frequency oscillations in the vicinity of the reflected shock, thus confirming earlier experimental findings. Furthermore, these oscillations are found to persist even if the upstream boundary layer is deprived of long coherent structures. Starting from an exact form of the momentum integral equation and guided by data from large-eddy simulations, a stochastic ordinary differential equation for the reflectedshock foot low-frequency motions is derived. This model is applied to a wide range of input parameters. It is found that while the mean boundary-layer properties are important in controlling the interaction size, they do not contribute significantly to the dynamics. Moreover, the frequency of the most energetic fluctuations is shown to be a robust feature, in agreement with earlier experimental observations. Under some assumptions, the coupling between the shock and the boundary layer is mathematically equivalent to a first-order low-pass filter. Therefore, it is argued that the observed lowfrequency unsteadiness is not necessarily a property of the forcing, either from upstream or downstream of the shock, but simply an intrinsic property of the coupled dynamical system.
Supervisor: Sandham, Neil ; Coleman, Gary Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics