Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Level



Mechanical Engineering


Walters, Keith

Committee Member/Reader

Leylek, Jim


This paper presents an investigation of Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) turbulence models used in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of boundary layer flow and heat transfer in high Mach number flows. This study evaluates an industry standard RANS turbulence model (k-omega SST) and a recently proposed modification to that model (Danis and Durbin [1]), and quantifies the accuracy for predicting high Mach number boundary layer flow. The test cases were previously documented by Duan et al. (2018), who used direct numerical simulation (DNS) to calculate boundary layer flow of an ideal gas over a flat plate at freestream Mach numbers ranging from 2 to 14 and wall to recovery temperature ratios of 0.18 to 1. Boundary layer profiles were evaluated at two streamwise locations, one where the boundary layer height matched the DNS data and the second where the wall shear stress matched DNS data. Results show that the accuracy of RANS models degrades for high-speed regimes compared to incompressible or subsonic flow but that the compressibility correction factor [1] improves the results for some of the test cases.


CFD, turbulence modeling, high-speed flow, boundary layers, RANS