Date of Award

Fall 2011

Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. William Engblom

First Committee Member

Dr. Eric Perrell

Second Committee Member

Dr. Reda Mankbadi


A higher‐order density based navier‐stokes solver was developed for 2‐Dimensional flows using the finite volume approach. The Van leer flux‐splitting technique was used to calculate the fluxes. The second‐order spatial accuracy was achieved using the variable extrapolation method developed by Van leer called the Montone Upstream Centered Scheme for Conservation Laws (MUSCL) approach. The code development was done using Matlab. The code was verified using two validation cases. Firstly, subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows over the 2‐D bump were simulated, and the results of the code were compared to the results from Fluent. Secondly, the shock‐tube problem was chosen, and the results of the code were compared to the analytical results obtained from Sod’s shocktube experiment.