Shock Interactions in Continuum and Rarefied Conditions Employing a Novel Gas-Kinetic Scheme

  • S. Colonia
  • R. Steijl
  • G. Barakos
Conference paper


Shock interactions can have a significant impact on heating rates and aerodynamic performance of hypersonic vehicles. The study presents different shock interactions in partially rarefied hypersonic flows predicted employing a recently developed gas-kinetic scheme for diatomic gases with rotational degrees of freedom. The new gas-kinetic schemes will be presented along with shock/wave boundary interactions as well as Edney Type IV shock–shock interactions. Various levels of rarefaction have been considered to highlight the effect of thermal relaxation between the translational and rotational modes. In addition, for the Edney test case, the imposed wall temperature on the shock-generating wedge and the cylinder surface has been varied, to evaluate the importance of the boundary layer thickness in the interaction region.



The majority of the results presented were obtained using the EPSRC funded ARCHIE-WeSt High Performance Computer ( EPSRC grant no. EP/K000586/1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aerospace Sciences Division, School of EngineeringUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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