Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 249–260 | Cite as

Effect of glow discharge on hypersonic flat plate boundary layer

  • Chi LiEmail author
  • Yunchi Zhang


Glow discharge is introduced as an artificial disturbance to investigate the evolution of first- and second-mode instabilities in a hypersonic flat plate boundary layer. Experiments are conducted in a Mach 6.5 quiet wind tunnel using Rayleigh scattering visualization and particle image velocimetry (PIV). Detailed analysis of the experimental observations is provided. It is found that the artificially introduced 17 kHz disturbance, which belongs to the first-mode frequency band, can effectively enhance first-mode waves. Moreover, it can enhance second-mode waves even more intensely. Possible mechanisms to explain this phenomenon are discussed.

Key words

glow discharge hypersonic particle image velocimetry (PIV) 





temperature, K


total temperature, K


total pressure, MPa


time, s


freestream velocity, m/s


unit Reynolds number, m-1


freestream density, kg/m3


dynamic viscosity coefficient, kg/(m·s)


coordinate along the flow, mm


coordinate normal to the surface, mm


particle relaxation time, s


flow time scale, s


boundary layer thickness, mm


glow discharge frequency, kHz


dimensionless frequency.

Chinese Library Classification


2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

76K05 76N20 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex SystemsPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of EngineeringPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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