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Characteristics of Hypersonic Wing-Elevon-Cove Flows

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posted on 2023-01-12, 15:06 authored by Robert A AlvianiRobert A Alviani

This dissertation covers a computational investigation into hypersonic flight vehicle geometric imperfections, with a focus on wing-elevon-cove configurations. The primary region of focus for the overall research was the cove region at the juncture of the main wing element and the elevon. This region is associated with the shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction produced by the control surface deflection. There also exists a centrifugal instability at the cove, due to streamline curvature, which is associated with the production of Görtler vortices. The content includes three projects revolving around hypersonic wing-elevon-cove flows. These flows were computed with improved delayed detached-eddy simulation.

The first project was a computational investigation simulating the NASA experimental study done by W.D. Deveikis and W. Bartlett in 1978. This experiment consisted of hypersonic high Reynolds number wind tunnel tests for a shuttle-type reentry vehicle. The computational aerothermodynamic surface loadings for this project were compared to the experimental published data. Grounded with the agreement with mean surface data, this project expanded on the topics explored in the experimental study to include topics such as flow visualization and statistical analysis. The second and third project are extensions of this work and were done in collaboration with Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). A swept wing-elevon-cove model was designed by Carson Lay, of Purdue University, and is currently being employed in ongoing experiments in the Purdue Boeing/AFOSR Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel (BAM6QT) and at the Tennessee Aerothermodynamics Laboratory (TALon). A computational investigation on hypersonic high Reynolds number wing-elevon-cove flows was conducted with this model, where both corresponding experimental facility conditions were employed. At this time, the experimental data are limited; however, future experimental and computational collaboration is expected.

The motivation behind this research was to expand the knowledge on hypersonic wing-elevon-cove flows, gap heating, and the low-frequency unsteadiness in shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions. Therefore, the intended goal of this work was to provide an accurate characterization of the three hypersonic wing-elevon-cove flows. This was accomplished by using computational data to produce flowfield visualizations, analyze aerothermodynamic loadings, and conduct statistical flow analyses. The results on the three hypersonic wing-elevon-cove computations are presented, analyzed, and discussed throughout this dissertation.





Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Jonathan Poggie

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Dr. Gregory Blaisdell

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Joseph Jewell

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Sally Bane

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