Fluid-structural interactions in high-speed flows (ARC Discovery Project administered by the University of New South Wales) (2018–2021)
We will perform first-of-kind experiments to measure fluid-structure interaction in hypersonic flows. We will use
this data to assess and improve advanced numerical simulation tools. These tools will in turn be used to reveal
the underlying physics of the fluid-structure interactions and establish the relative significance of the driving
parameters. Accurate prediction of the behaviour and lifetime of structural components subject to these fluidstructural interactions, in which the deformation of the structure induced by the local flow field, can in turn influence this flow field. This coupling can result in damage or even catastrophic structural failure and thus robust design tools must be developed to avoid this.