Hypersonic FLEET velocimetry and uncertainty characterization in a tripped boundary layer Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET) velocimetry is applied in a hypersonic boundary layer behind an array of turbulence-inducing trips. One-dimensional mean velocity and root-mean-square (RMS) of velocity fluctuation profiles are extracted from FLEET emissions oriented across a 2.75 wedge and through a boundary layer above a flat plate in two test campaigns spanning 21 tunnel runs. The experiment was performed in the Texas A&M University Actively Controlled Expansion tunnel that operated near Mach 6.0 with a Reynolds number near 6 106 m1 and a working fluid of air at a density near 2.5 102 kgm3. Detailed analysis of random and systematic errors was performed using synthetic curves for error in the mean velocity due to emission decay and the error in the RMS velocity fluctuation due to random error. The boundary layer behind an array of turbulence-inducing trips is documented to show the breakdown of coherent structures. FLEET velocimetry is compared to the tunnel Data Acquisition System, Vibrationally Excited Nitric Oxide Monitoring results, and Reynolds-Averaged NavierStokes computational fluid dynamics to verify results.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Pehrson, J. C., Leonov, B. S., Melone, K., Lakebrink, M. T., Bowersox, R., Miles, R. B., & Limbach, C. M.

complete list of authors

  • Pehrson, J Clark||Leonov, Boris S||Melone, Kate||Lakebrink, Matthew T||Bowersox, Rodney||Miles, Richard B||Limbach, Christopher M

publication date

  • January 2024