Prediction of separated flow characteristics over a hump

Vivek Krishnan, Kyle Squires, James R. Forsythe

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Predictions of the flow over a wall-mounted hump are obtained using solutions of the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations and detached-eddy simulation (DES). The upstream solution is characterized by a two-dimensional turbulent boundary layer with a thickness approximately half of the maximum hump thickness measured at a location about two chord lengths upstream of the leading edge. The Reynolds number based on the hump chord length is 9.75 × 105. A slot at approximately 65% chord C is used for flow control via a spatially uniform (with respect to the spanwise coordinate) steady suction and with alternating suction/blowing. Solutions of the two- and three-dimensional RANS equations are obtained using the Spalart-Allmaras (S-A) and shear-stress-transport (SST) turbulence models. DES is applied to a three-dimensional geometry corresponding to an extruded section of the hump. DES predictions of the baseline case exhibit a three-dimensional chaotic structure in the wake, with a mean reverse-flow region that is 20% shorter than predicted by the two-dimensional RANS computations and a mean reattachment length that is in good agreement with measurements. DES predictions of the pressure coefficient in the separated-flow region for the baseline case also exhibit good agreement with measurements and are more accurate than either the S-A or SST RANS results. The simulations also show that blockage effects in the experiments used to assess the predictions are important: three-dimensional RANS predictions more accurately predict the pressure distribution upstream and over the front portion of the hump. Predictions of the steady suction case show a reduction in the length of the reverse-flow region, though are less accurate compared to the baseline configuration. Unsteady two-dimensional RANS predictions of the sinusoidal suction/blowing case are used to investigate impedance affects associated with increases in the driving velocity. The simulations show that a factor of four increase in the cavity driving velocity increases the average velocity through the slot by only a factor of 2.7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-262
Number of pages11
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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