3D Hypersonic Shock-Turbulent-Boundary-Layer Interactions (2023–2027)
Shock-wave turbulent-boundary-layer interactions occur on hypersonic flight vehicles and can lead to high heating
and increased drag. This is a paramount design issue that needs addressing. We aim to understand and quantify fundamental phenomena occurring in such interactions using state-of-the-art instrumentation and wind-tunnel
facilities. Surfaces will be heated to realistic flight temperatures to simulate accurately the flight environment and
include effects not reproduced with cold models. The effects of 3D features of the interactions will lead to new
understanding of how the flow develops through a combination of experiments and numerical simulations. Future
designs of hypersonic flight vehicles will benefit from knowledge gained.