Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Robert L. Ash
Colin P. Britcher
The linear and nonlinear evolution of steady and traveling disturbances in three-dimensional incompressible boundary layer flows is studied using Parabolized Stability Equations (PSE). Extensive primary stability analyses for the model problems of Swept Hiemenz flow and the DLR Transition experiment on a swept flat plate are performed first. Second, and building upon these results, detailed secondary instability studies based on both the classical Floquet Theory and a novel approach that uses the nonlinear PSE are conducted. The investigations reveal a connection of unstable secondary eigenvalues to both the linear eigenvalue spectrum of the undisturbed mean flow and the continuous spectrum, as well as the existence of an absolute instability in the region of nonlinear amplitude saturation. Third, a passive technique for boundary layer transition control using leading edge roughness is examined utilizing a newly developed implicit solution method for the nonlinear PSE. The results confirm experimental observations and indicate possible means of delaying transition on swept wings.
In the present work, both the solution of the boundary layer equations for the mean flow and the explicit PSE solver are based on a fourth-order-accurate compact scheme formulation in body-oriented coordinates. In the secondary instability analysis, the Implicitly Restarted Arnoldi Method is applied.
"Nonlinear Stability and Control of Three-Dimensional Boundary Layers"
(1998). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/essx-gd47