8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Introduction to Shock-Wave/Boundary-Layer Interactions (NEW!)

Saturday, 7-Sunday, 8 January 2017, 0800-1700 hrs
Gaylord Texan


This course introduces the basics of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions (SBLIs). It begins with a very brief revision of fundamental fluid mechanics, in particular gasdynamics and boundary layers. This is followed by an explanation of the different types of SBLIs before describing in more detail the fundamental flow physics of a number of nominally 2-dimensional interactions. The difference between attached and separated interactions is discussed and some basic criteria for the prediction of the separation onset are described.

In the second part of the course 3-dimensional interactions are introduced in greater detail, concentrating on flow topology and key physics (inc. unsteadiness). This is followed by an overview of flow control techniques, distinguishing between boundary-layer and shock control methods and explaining the relative objectives and merits of each approach. Finally, recent research into the influence of corner flows on nominally 2-dimensional interactions is described.

What You Will Learn

  • Revision of relevant fluid mechanics knowledge
  • Understanding of the different scenarios where SBLIs occur
  • Detailed knowledge of fundamental 2- and 3-dimensional SBLIs, including flowfield topology, flow variables, separation and unsteadiness
  • An understanding of current state-of-the-art of flow control relevant to SBLI (function, efficacy and potential)
  • An understanding of more complex 3-dimensional effects
  • Be able to describe the fundamentals of hypersonic flight

Detailed Outline

Review of fundamental physics
  • What is compressibility?
  • Basics of Gasdynamics
  • Compressible viscous flow
  • 3-dimensional separation
  • Exercise (basic gasdynamics, basic viscous flow, interpretation of real data)
Classification of SBLIs
  • 2-dimensional vs 3-dimensional transonic/supersonic/hypersonic
Fundamentals of 2-dimensional interactions
  • Basic physics of normal SBLI
  • Basic physics of compression corner
  • Basic physics of impinging shock interaction
  • Laminar vs turbulent and transition effects
Fundamentals of 3-dimensional interactions Separation
  • Free interaction theory
  • Glancing interaction/sharp fin
  • Blunt fin
  • Swept Compression corner
  • Exercise (contrast viscous/inviscid flowfields, interpret/analyse actual experimental data)
SBLI control
  • Introduction: Types of control (BL- vs Shock-control)
  • Boundary layer controls
  • Shock controls
3D/corner effects on ‘2D’ interactions
  • Transonic normal SBLI
  • Impinging oblique SBLI

Course Instructor

Holger Babinsky graduated with a distinction in Aerospace Engineering from Stuttgart University in Germany. He obtained a PhD in hypersonic aerodynamics from Cranfield University (UK) in 1994. After 18 months as Research Associate at the Shock Wave Research Centre of Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan he returned to the UK to take up a position at the University of Cambridge. He is now Professor of Aerodynamics as well as a Fellow at Magdalene College.

Course Materials

Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. Course registrants will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since these notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded. The recommended book for this course is Shock Wave – Boundary Layer Interactions, H. Babinsky & J.K Harvey, Cambridge University Press.

Course Registration

Course Registration includes full conference participation. For registration information and to register for the course, here.


Please contact Megan Scheidt if you have questions about the course.

Dates to Remember

  • Open for Abstract: 27 Mar 2017
  • Abstract Deadline: 12 Jun 2017
  • Manuscript Deadline: 05 Dec 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 18 Dec 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 25 Dec 2017

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