Jet Exhaust Aerodynamics & Noise

Coordinator: Prof. J. Fitzpatrick, Trinity College
Supervisor (Chalmers): Lars Davidson
Co-supervisor: Lars-Erik Eriksson*
PhD student: Niklas Andersson
Cooperation: Volvo Aero Corp.*
Start of project: February 2001
End of project: January 2004

Since direct estimation of aerodynamic noise sources in turbulent flows is still exceptional and limited to low Reynolds number flows, hybrid methods are used in Computational Aero-Acoustics (CAA) to interface the aerodynamic and acoustic fields. This is effected by consideration of the physics of the noise generation process and current jet noise prediction methods adopt this approach. Thus, the problem, from a design perspective, is that new concepts cannot be developed without resort to extensive testing and measurement campaigns. The ability to predict the acoustic performance of novel geometries and treatments is limited by our capacity to provide reliable predictions of the flow and turbulence characteristics.
A large-eddy simulation (LES) of a compressible nozzle/jet configuration is studied. Both cold and heated jets are simulated. The Reynolds number based on the jet velocity at the nozzle exit plane and the nozzle diameter is 50 000. The Favre filtered Navier-Stokes equations are solved using a finite volume method with a low dissipative third order upwind scheme for the convective fluxes, a second order centered difference approach for the viscous fluxes and a three-stage second order Runge-Kutta time marching technique. The calculations are performed using a block structured boundary fitted mesh with approximately 3 000 000 cells. The calculations are performed on a parallel computer, using message-passing interface (MPI). In order to diminish disturbances caused by the outlet boundary a buffer layer is added at the domain outlet.

Kirchhoff surface integration is been utilized to obtain far-field sound pressure levels in a number of observer locations using instantaneous pressure from the LES. Aerodynamic results and predicted sound pressure levels are both in good agreement with experiments.



  1. N. Andersson L.-E. Eriksson and L. Davidson
    "Large-Eddy Simulation of a Mach 0.75 Jet", AIAA paper 2003-3312, 9th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Hilton Head, May, 2003.
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  2. N. Andersson
    "A Study of Mach $0.75$ Jets and Their Radiated Sound Using Large-Eddy Simulation", thesis of Lic. of Engng, Dept. of Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, 2003.
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  3. N. Andersson, L.-E. Eriksson and L. Davidson
    "A Study of Mach 0.75 Jets and Their Radiated Sound Using Large-Eddy Simulation", 10th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, AIAA 2004-3024, Manchester, United Kindom, 2004.
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  4. N. Andersson, L.-E. Eriksson and L. Davidson
    "Investigation of an Isothermal Mach 0.75 Jet and its Radiated sound Using Large-Eddy Simulation and Kirchhoff Surface Integration", International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol. 26(3), pp.393-410, 2005.
  5. N. Andersson, L.-E. Eriksson and L. Davidson
    "Large-Eddy Simulation of Subsonic Turbulent Jets and Their Radiated Sound", AIAA Journal, Vol. 43, No. 9, pp. 1899-1912, 2005.

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Ingalena Ljungström