Cold-gas experiments to study the flow separation characteristics of a dual-bell nozzle during its transition modes

Verma, SB and Stark, R and Nuerenberger-Genin, C and Hakin, O (2010) Cold-gas experiments to study the flow separation characteristics of a dual-bell nozzle during its transition modes. Shock Waves, 20 . pp. 191-203.

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    Abstract

    An experimental investigation has been carried out to study the effect of test environment on transition characteristics and the flow unsteadiness associated with the transition modes of a dual-bell nozzle. Cold-gas tests using gaseous nitrogen were carried out in (i) a horizontal test-rig with nozzle exhausting into atmospheric conditions and, (ii) a high altitude simulation chamber with nozzle operation under self-evacuation mode. Transient tests indicate that increasing δP0/δt (the rate of stagnation chamber pressure change) reduces the amplitude of pressure fluctuations of the separation shock at the wall inflection point. This is preferable from the viewpoint of lowering the possible risk of any structural failure during the transition mode. Sea-level tests show 15–17% decrease in the transition nozzle pressure ratio (NPR) during subsequent tests in a single run primarily due to frost formation in the nozzle extension up to the wall inflection location. Frost reduces the wall inflection angle and hence, the transition NPR. However, tests inside the altitude chamber show nearly constant NPR value during subsequent runs primarily due to decrease in back temperature with decrease in back pressure that prevents any frost formation.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Springer-Verlag
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Flow separation;Mean flow study;Spectral analysis
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    AERONAUTICS > Aerodynamics
    Division/Department: Experimental Aerodynamics Division, Other, Other, Other
    Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 11:00
    Last Modified: 31 Jan 2012 11:00
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/10307

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