Assessment of CFD capability for prediction of hypersonic shock interactions

Doyle Knight, José Longo, Dimitris Drikakis, Datta Gaitonde, Andrea Lani, Ioannis Nompelis, Bodo Reimann, Louis Walpot

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The aerothermodynamic loadings associated with shock wave boundary layer interactions (shock interactions) must be carefully considered in the design of hypersonic air vehicles. The capability of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to accurately predict hypersonic shock wave laminar boundary layer interactions is examined. A series of independent computations performed by researchers in the US and Europe are presented for two generic configurations (double cone and cylinder) and compared with experimental data. The results illustrate the current capabilities and limitations of modern CFD methods for these flows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-26
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Aerospace Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Hypersonics
  • Shock waves


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