Direct Numerical Simulation of a Short Laminar Separation Bubble and Early Stages of the Bursting Process

  • Olaf Marxen
  • Dan Henningson
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design (NNFM) book series (NNFM, volume 96)


Direct numerical simulation of a pressure-induced short laminar separation bubble developing on a flat plate has been carried out. Transition in this bubble was triggered by small disturbance input with a fixed frequency and fixed spanwise wave number. The resulting short bubble was shown to be converged in time to a statistically steady state, while possessing essential features of short laminar separation bubbles as reported in the literature. In the present case disturbance input is required to maintain a short bubble. Switching off this disturbance input yields a growing separation bubble. This phenomenon is denoted as bubble bursting, since indication is found that the bubble develops towards a long-bubble state.


Direct Numerical Simulation Streamwise Velocity Separation Bubble Disturbance Input Linear Stability Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaf Marxen
    • 1
  • Dan Henningson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MechanicsRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden

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