An axisymmetric underexpanded jet flowing parallel to an adjacent planar surface

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An underexpanded axisymmetric jet exhausting across an adjacent planar surface generates a unique flowfield that has received relatively little attention. To date, most research within this area has been motivated by acoustics, and consequently little flowfield data exist. This study aims to provide such a data set for an axisymmetric jet operating at a nozzle pressure ratio of five, and shows how variation in the plate-to-surface separation distance, h/Dj, results in large-scale changes in the flowfield. Planar particle image velocimetry (PIV) data, obtained on the jet symmetry plane, is complemented by schlieren imagery, surface oil flow visualization, and pressure-sensitive paint measurements. Results indicate that the flowfield is dominated by a shock/boundary layer interaction (SBLI) generated due to the presence of the plate, and that the SBLI subsequently alters the structure of the jet. The size, strength, and location of the SBLI vary as h/Dj increases. The data sets obtained in this study are inherently two-dimensional, necessitating interpretation to gain insight into the three-dimensional nature of this flow. To better understand the three-dimensional structure of this flow, a tomographic PIV system was used to obtain three-component velocity field data within a volume. Preliminary results from these measurements are presented herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103933
StatePublished - 2016
Event54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

Name54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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