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ABSTRACT: High-resolution numerical simulations of supersonic slip surfaces were performed using the Cray 2 at the Minnesota Supercomputer Center to confirm earlier analytic nonlinear stability calculations of such structures. The present study presents a numerical solution for the problem solved analytically by Artola and Majda (1987) and follows growing modes well into the large-amplitude regime. The response of an equal-density Mach-4 slip surface to a variety of impinging nonlinear sound wave trains is computed using the piecewise-parabolic method (PPM). The nature of the nonlinear kink modes observed in the simulations was found to be similar to that discussed by Artola and Majda. Most of the speeds moved in either direction, with speeds near the predicted value. It is suggested that the stationary modes will eventually dominate the flow at much later times, and it is argued that the stationary modes are more disruptive than the propagating kink modes.
Journal of Fluid Mechanics 05/1991; · 2.29 Impact Factor