Crosshatch roughness distortions on a hypersonic turbulent boundary layer Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 AIP Publishing LLC. The effects of periodic crosshatch roughness (k+ = 160) on a Mach 4.9 turbulent boundary layer (Re = 63 000) are examined using particle image velocimetry. The roughness elements generate a series of alternating shock and expansion waves, which span the entire boundary layer, causing significant (up to +50% and -30%) variations in the Reynolds shear stress field. Evidence of the hairpin vortex organization of incompressible flows is found in the comparative smooth-wall boundary layer case (Re = 47 000), and can be used to explain several observations regarding the rough-wall vortex organization. In general, the rough-wall boundary layer near-wall vortices no longer appear to be well-organized into streamwise-aligned packets that straddle relatively low-speed regions like their smooth-wall counterpart; instead, they lean farther away from the wall, become more spatially compact, and their populations become altered. In the lower half of the boundary layer, the net vortex swirling strength and outer-scaled Reynolds stresses increase relative to the smooth-wall case, and actually decrease in the outer half of the boundary layer, as ejection and entrainment processes are strengthened and weakened in these two regions, respectively. A spectral analysis of the data suggests a relative homogenizing of the most energetic scales near = ~0.5 across the rough-wall boundary layer.

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altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Peltier, S. J., Humble, R. A., & Bowersox, R.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Peltier, SJ||Humble, RA||Bowersox, RDW

publication date

  • January 2016