Investigation on transonic round convex-corner flows

Kung Ming Chung, Po Hsiung Chang, Keh Chin Chang, Frank K. Lu

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Experiments were performed to investigate the flow of a transonic, turbulent boundary layer over regions of sharp and rounded convex surface curvature. The freestream Mach numbers were 0.64, 0.70, 0.83 and 0.89. Test models with three different radii of curvature from 13.7 to 41.7 times the upstream boundary-layer thickness were employed. The total turning angles were 13, 15 and 17°. The flow was found to be accelerated upstream of the curved region. The peak Mach number decreased with increasing radius of curvature for a given turning angle. In comparison with the sharp convex corner, a delay in the transition from subsonic to transonic expansion flows was observed. The shock structure, boundary-layer separation and peak fluctuating pressure were dependent on freestream Mach number, turning angle and radius of curvature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalAerospace Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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