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Main Title: Internal Flow Physics of a Fluidic Oscillator in the Transition Regime
Author(s): Gregory, James W.
Tomac, Mehmet N.
Type: Preprint
Language Code: en
Abstract: An experimental investigation of the underlying flow physics of a dual jet interaction fluidic oscillator has been conducted in the transition regime for a Reynolds number of 1680. The transition regime is defined as a narrow range of flow rates between two other operating modes of the fluidic oscillator. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) was used with refractive index matching sodium iodide solution to minimize reflections from the actuator geometry and obtain detailed internal velocity fields. PIV results showed that the inter-action of the two internal jets and the resultant vortices are responsible for the oscillation mechanism in the transition regime. Two side vortices sustain their existence throughout the oscillation period by altering their size, shape and strength, and a dome vortex is created twice each oscillation period (once from each jet). The dome vortex plays a key role in the kinetic energy transfer mechanism inside the oscillator by means of jet bifurcations. The primary oscillation mechanism in the transition regime is that each internal jet’s connection with the exiting jet is cut completely by the dome vortex in every period. This is in contrast to the low flow rate oscillation mechanism in which the oscillations are created by continuous collisions of the jets. Furthermore, the internal jets were observed to energize the side vortex on the opposite side of the chamber – a phenomenon which was not observed in the low flow rate regime
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Date Available: 7-Oct-2014
Notes: Presented at the Conference Active Flow and Combustion Control 2014, September 10-12 2014, Berlin, Germany
Appears in Collections:SFB 1029 - TurbIn » Proceedings of the Conference "Active Flow and Combustion Control 2014"

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