Professor Vassilios Theofilis, University of Liverpool

Prediction of laminar-turbulent flow transition and control of the associated heat transfer increase is key to the development of efficient next-generation vehicles capable of flying at high supersonic and hypersonic speeds. Global stability extends classic linear stability theory to predict and control laminar-turbulent transition inflows over/through complex geometries. Modal global stability analysis solves a non-symmetric generalised complex eigenvalue problem in an iterative manner. This project unravels the basic physical instability mechanisms of both hydrodynamic and aeroacoustic nature.