Computational fluid dynamics methods for hypersonic flow around blunted-cone-cylinder-flare

Shiroshana Tissera, Dimitris Drikakis, Trevor Birch

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This paper presents an investigation of numerical schemes for the hypersonic flow around a blunted-cone–cylinder–flare (HB-2). The investigation is based on a finite volume computational fluid dynamics code using the Harten–Lax–vanLeer–contact Riemann solver in conjunction with four numerical reconstruction schemes with order of accuracy ranging from second–ninth order. Comparisons are presented with experimental data for the pressure and heat transfer. The results show that very-high-order schemes such as weighted essentially nonoscillatory fifth- and ninth-order methods may provide slightly better results for freestream Mach numbers less than 10; however, there are no obvious benefits over second-order methods for Mach numbers greater than 10.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-570
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


  • hypersonic flow
  • blunted-cone–cylinder–flare
  • Harten–Lax–van Leer–contact Riemann solver


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