Experiments on Supersonic Boundary-Layer Separation in Three Dimensions

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W. D. Bachalo

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 42(2), 289-294 (Jun 01, 1975) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3423569 History: Received August 01, 1974; Online July 12, 2010


A detailed experimental study of three-dimensional separation in supersonic flow is described. Three-dimensional wedges affixed to flat plates were used to generate the flow fields that were used to examine the relationship of cross flow to the extent of separation. Models with strong transverse pressure gradients resulted in a diminished extent of separation about the model plane of symmetry but demonstrated expansive growth of separation to a limit with distance from the plane of symmetry. A secondary flow region was found embedded in the separated flow.

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