The problem of Coanda jet flow in an underexpanded supersonic environment is studied numerically by solving the Navier-Stokes equations in two and three dimensions. The study considers a flow initiated by a jet bounded by a sidewall and expanding around a circular cylinder, for which a set of experimental data exists. Pressure distributions on the cylinder surface are compared in detail with the experimental data. In the two-dimensional calculation, the characteristic oscillatory pressure pattern is reproduced well, but quantitative agreement with the experimental data is rather poor. The three-dimensional calculation reveals the significant influence of the sidewall on the flowfield. It is suggested that the three-dimensional structure developed in the flow field is the cause of the poor quantitative agreement obtained in the two-dimensional calculation.
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- Aerospace Engineering