Wall pressure fluctuations in the reattachment region of a supersonic free shear layer

Z. H. Shen, D. R. Smith, A. J. Smits

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Abstract

A study was made of the wall pressure fluctuations in the reattachment region of a supersonic free shear layer. The free shear layer was formed by the separation of a Mach 2.9 turbulent boundary layer from a backward facing step. Reattachment occurred on a 20° ramp. By adjusting the position of the ramp, the base pressure at the step was set equal to the freestream pressure, and the free shear layer formed in the absence of any turning. An array of flush-mounted, miniature, high-frequency pressure transducers was used in the vicinity of the reattachment region to make multichannel measurements of the fluctuating wall pressure. Contrary to previous observations of this flow, the reattachment region was found to be highly unsteady, and the pressure fluctuations were found to be large. The overall behavior of the wall pressure loading is similar in scale and magnitude to the unsteadiness of the wall pressure field in compression ramp flows at the same Mach number. Rayleigh scattering was used to visualize the instantaneous shock structure in the streamwise and spanwise direction. Spanwise “wrinkles” on the order of half the boundary layer thickness were observed on the shock sheet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalExperiments in Fluids: Experimental Methods and their Applications to Fluid Flow
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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