Experimental investigation on shock wave diffraction over sharp and curved splitters

Gnani, F., Lo, K.H., Zare-Behtash, H. and Kontis, K. (2014) Experimental investigation on shock wave diffraction over sharp and curved splitters. Acta Astronautica, 99, pp. 143-152. (doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.02.018)

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Shock wave diffraction occurs when a normal travelling wave passes through a sudden area expansion. Turbulent, compressible, and vortical are the characterising adjectives that describe the flow features, which are slowly smeared out due to the dissipative nature of turbulence. The study of this phenomenon provides insight into several flow structures such as shear layer formation, vortex development, and vortex/shock interaction whose applications include noise control, propulsion or wing aerodynamics. A large amount of research has been carried out in the analysis of shock wave diffraction mainly around sharp wedges, but only few studies have considered rounded corners. This project has the aim to examine and compare the flow features which develop around three different geometries, ramp, symmetric and rounded, with experimental incident shock Mach numbers of 1.31 and 1.59, and Reynolds numbers of 1.08×106 and 1.68×106. Schlieren photography is used to obtain qualitative information about the evolution of the flow field. The results show that ramp and symmetrical wedges with a tip angle of 172° behave in the same manner, which exhibit clear dissimilarities with a curved corner. The flow field evolves more rapidly for a higher incoming Mach number which is also responsible for the development of stronger structures.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gnani, Francesca and Lo, Dr Kin Hing and Zare-Behtash, Dr Hossein and Kontis, Professor Konstantinos
Authors: Gnani, F., Lo, K.H., Zare-Behtash, H., and Kontis, K.
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Acta Astronautica
ISSN (Online):1879-2030
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Acta Astronautica 99(143-152)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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