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PICS Seminar: “Shock-induced turbulent mixing and interactions with flexible panels through simulations”

October 30 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Two fundamental challenges that arise in the development of air-breathing supersonic combustion ramjet engines (scramjets) for hypersonic flight are: 1) the rapid mixing of fuel and oxidizer that must occur prior to combustion, and 2) the coupling between the engine structure and the flow dynamics. Interactions of shock waves and turbulence that characterize the flow inside scramjets play a key role in both mixing enhancement and aerostructural coupling. We present ongoing efforts on the high-fidelity numerical simulation of these two phenomena.

Scalar mixing under canonical shock-turbulence interactions will be addressed first by means of Direct Numerical Simulation, evaluating the effects of variations in the relevant physical parameters: shock and turbulence Mach numbers, Reynolds number, and Schmidt numbers. The analysis will highlight changes along the shock-normal direction of scalar variance and dissipation-rate budgets, flow topology, and alignments of the scalar gradient with vorticity and strain-rate eigendirections.

Then, we will focus on interactions of shock waves reflecting off turbulent boundary layers that develop along the walls of the scramjet. Rigid and flexible walls will be considered, by coupling a wall-modeled large-eddy simulation solver for the fluid flow with an elastic solid structural solver that accounts for geometric nonlinearities. We will emphasize strong shock/boundary-layer interactions resulting in mean flow separation and low-frequency unsteadiness that can interact with natural frequencies of the structure.

Ivan Bermejo-Moreno Colloquium

Assistant Professor Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Southern California

Ivan Bermejo-Moreno received his Ph.D. in aeronautics (2008) from the
California Institute of Technology. Afterwards, he held a postdoctoral research
fellowship at the Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University/NASA Ames
Research Center (2009-2014). He joined the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Department at the University of Southern California as an assistant professor in 2015.

His research combines numerical methods, physical modeling and
high performance computing for the simulation and analysis of turbulent fluid
flows involving multi-physics phenomena.
He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, the Rolf D. Buhler
Memorial Award, the William F. Ballhaus Prize and the Hans G. Hornung Prize.

Research Summary: Computational fluid mechanics, turbulent flows, fluid structure interaction, combustion, hypersonic propulsion, high performance computing


October 30
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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