Some observations of shock-induced turbulent separation on supersonic diffusers

Nussdorfer, Theodore J.

A survey of experimental data at supersonic speed indicated that shock-induced separation of a turbulent boundary layer will result for Mach numbers of approximately 1.33 or greater when a theoretical stream static-pressure-rise ratio of approximately 1.89 occurs across a shock interacting with the boundary layer. The significance of this tentative criterion for turbulent boundary-layer separation is discussed with respect to the design of supersonic diffusers.

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