Study of shock wave boundary layer interaction phenonemon using color schlieren and snapshot Proper Orthogonal Decomposition

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The flow structure of shockwave boundary layer interaction (SWBLI) has been studied using Rainbow Schlieren Deflectometry (RSD), Ensemble Averaging, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), and snapshot Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) techniques. The Mach number of the approach free-stream was Mach = 3. Shockwave was generated with a 12° wedge. The color schlieren pictures are used to determine the transverse ray deflections at each pixel of the pictures taken using a high speed camera. The interaction region structure is described statistically with the ensemble average and, root mean square deflections. FFT technique is used to determine the dominant frequencies at different regions of the flow field. Results indicate that low frequency oscillations dominate the flow field. The POD technique results complement the findings of the ensemble averaging technique and show that distinct regions contain most of the energy in the flow field. These distinct regions are located around the reflected shock, around the shock wave reaching into the approach boundary layer and around the separation region over the edge of the separation bubble.

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Aerospace engineering