Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 517–526 | Cite as

Studies on nonlinear stability of three-dimensional H-type disturbance

  • Wang Weizhi
  • Tang Dengbin
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Abstract

The three-dimensional H-type nonlinear evolution process for the problem of boundary layer stability is studied by using a newly developed method called parabolic stability equations (PSE). The key initial conditions for sub-harmonic distrubances are obtained by means of the secondary instability theory. The initial solutions of two-dimensional harmonic waves are expressed in Landau expansions. The numerical techniques developed in this paper, including the higher order spectrum method and the more effective algebraic mapping for dealing with the problem of an infinite region, increase the numerical accuracy and the rate of convergence greatly. With the predictor-corrector approach in the marching procedure, the normalization, which is very important for PSE method, is satisfied and the stability of the numerical calculation can be assured. The effects of different pressure gradients, including the favorable and adverse pressure gradients of the basic flow, on the “H-type” evolution are studied in detail. The results of the three-dimensional nonlinear “H-type” evolution are given accurately and show good agreement with the data of the experiment and the results of the DNS from the curves of the amplitude variation, disturbance velocity profile and the evolution of velocity.

Key Words

three-dimensional disturbance H-type nonlinear stability boundary layer parabolic stability equations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang Weizhi
    • 1
  • Tang Dengbin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AerodynamicsNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingChina

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