Computations in nonlinear saturation of stationary crossflow vortices in a swept-wing boundary layer
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© 1996, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The nonlinear development of stationary crossflow vortices over a 45° swept NLF(2)-0415 airfoil is studied. Previous investigations indicate that the linear stability theories are unable to accurately describe the transitional flow over crossflow-dominated configurations. In recent years the development of nonlinear parabolized stability equations (NPSE) has opened new pathways toward understanding transitional boundary-layer flows. This is because the elegant inclusion of nonlinear and nonparallel effects in the NPSE allows accurate stability analyses to be performed without the difficulties and overhead associated with direct numerical simulations (DNS). Numerical (NPSE) results are presented here and compared with experimental results obtained at the Arizona State University Unsteady Wind Tunnel (ASUUWT) for the same configuration. The comparison shows clearly that the saturation of crossflow disturbances is responsible for the discrepancy between linear stability theories and experimental results. The comparison of computational (NPSE) and experimental disturbance mode shapes and N-factor curves shows excellent agreement.
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