AIAA 2003-3590 Comparison of Methods for Determining Boundary Layer Edge Conditions for Transi- tion Correlations

Abstract

Data previously obtained for the X-33 in the NASA Langley Research Center 20-Inch Mach 6 Air Tunnel have been reanalyzed to compare methods for determining boundary layer edge conditions for use in transition correlations. The experimental results were previously obtained utilizing the phosphor thermography technique to monitor the status of the boundary layer downstream of discrete roughness elements via global heat transfer images of the X-33 windward surface. A boundary layer transition correlation was previously developed for this data set using boundary layer edge conditions calculated using an inviscid/integral boundary layer approach. An algorithm was written in the present study to extract boundary layer edge quantities from higher fidelity viscous computational fluid dynamic solutions to develop transition correlations that account for viscous effects on vehicles of arbitrary complexity. The boundary layer transition correlation developed for the X-33 from the viscous solutions are compared to the previous boundary layer transition correlations. It is shown that the boundary layer edge conditions calculated using an inviscid/integral boundary layer approach are significantly different than those extracted from viscous computational fluid dynamic solutions. The present results demonstrate the differences obtained in correlating transition data

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@inproceedings{Liechty2003AIAA2C, title={AIAA 2003-3590 Comparison of Methods for Determining Boundary Layer Edge Conditions for Transi- tion Correlations}, author={Derek S. Liechty and Scott A. Berry and Brian R. Hollis and Thomas J. Horvath}, year={2003} }