Wall-pressure spectra models for supersonic and hypersonic turbulent boundary layers

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This paper presents an investigation of pressure fluctuations spectra beneath supersonic and hypersonic turbulent boundary layers at zero pressure gradient. High-order implicit Large Eddy Simulations have been used to provide numerical data for assessing existing models and further improving their qualitative accuracy in predicting wall-pressure spectra. Several different models have been investigated and it is shown that existing models fail to capture the correct behaviour of pressure fluctuations in supersonic and hypersonic boundary layers across a broad range of frequencies. The models have been modified by introducing compressibility corrections. The modified models are validated against implicit Large Eddy Simulations, Direct Numerical Simulations, and experimental data. The qualitative accuracy of the models is discussed and the most promising model is identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-108
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Early online date19 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2019


  • compressible
  • supersonic
  • hypersonic
  • acoustic loading
  • spectra models


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