Freestream Effects on Boundary Layer Disturbances for HIFiRE-5 Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2015 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved. A 2:1 elliptic cone model was tested in a variable-Mach-number conventional hypersonic wind tunnel. Freestream Reynolds number, Mach number, model streamwise location, and model wall temperature were all varied to ascertain the effect of each on measured disturbances. A low-frequency disturbance was observed at Mach 5.8. It experienced some growth in excess of the increasing freestream pressure and noise for a narrow Reynolds number range. Disturbance properties were similar to what was measured in another conventional hypersonic wind tunnel. For Mach 6.5 and 7, there was no evidence of traveling cross flow waves. However, higher-frequency disturbances were observed. These disturbances were nearly two-dimensional and had phase speeds near the expected edge velocity. It is possible that these disturbances were second mode waves. None of the measured disturbances corresponded to any feature of the freestream Pitot spectra.

author list (cited authors)

  • Borg, M. P., Kimmel, R. L., Hofferth, J. W., Bowersox, R. D., & Mai, C. L.

citation count

  • 18

publication date

  • January 2015