Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1-1-2006

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

The stability of stagnation point flow has long been recognized as an important problem in aerodynamic analysis. Boundary layer disturbances located near the stagnation line can have a significant effect on the overall properties of an airfoil. One example of current interest is the analysis of unsteady multi-phase stagnation flows for application to problems involving aircraft icing. In this study, numerical methods which can be used to address the stability and non-parallel unsteady development of such stagnation point problems are investigated for linearized single phase aerodynamic flows using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional methods. A streamfunction-vorticity formulation is evaluated for two-dimensional linearized stagnation flows. In addition, a primitive variable formulation is developed for three-dimensional linearized stagnation flows. The two methods are tested for grid refinement, and results obtained using the three-dimensional method are compared with those from the two-dimensional method. As expected, it is found that three-dimensional disturbances decay at a faster rate than two-dimensional ones.

Copyright Owner

Benjamin J. Rider

Language

en

OCLC Number

76803692

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

71 pages

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