In this paper some characteristics of non-steady, compressible, flow are explored, including compression and expansion wave interactions and creation. The work to be presented herein is a Computational Fluid Dynamics investigation of the complex fluid phenomena that occur inside three-dimensional region, specifically with regard to the structure of the oblique shock waves, the reflected shock waves and the interactions of the shock waves. The flow is so complex that there exist oblique shock waves, expansion fans, slip surfaces, and shock wave interactions and reflections. The flow is non-steady, turbulent, viscous, compressible, and high-speed supersonic. The work to be presented herein is a Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of flow over a 15-degree angle double wedge for a compressible air, with spin angle of 10-degree and Mach number of 2.5. The problem to be solved involves formation of shock waves, expansion fans and slip surfaces, so that the general characteristics of supersonic flow are explored through this problem. Shock waves and slip surfaces are discontinuities in fluid mechanics problems. It is essential to evaluate the ability of numerical technique that can solve problems in which shocks and contact surfaces occur. In particular it is necessary to understand the details of developing a mesh that will allow resolution of these discontinuities. Results including contour plots of pressure, temperature, and Mach number will show that CFD is capable of predicting accurate results and is also able to capture the discontinuities in the flow, e.g., the oblique shock waves and the slip surfaces. Through this computational analysis, a better interpretation of the physical phenomenon of the three-dimensional shock waves interaction and reflection can be achieved.

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