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The Noise Signature and Production Mechanisms of Excited High Speed Jets
Kearney-Fischer, Martin A.

2011, Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Mechanical Engineering.

Following on previous works showing that jet noise has significant intermittent aspects, the present work assumes that these intermittent events are the dominant feature of jet noise. A definition and method of detection for intermittent noise events are devised and implemented. Using a large experimental database of acoustically subsonic jets with different acoustic Mach numbers (Ma = 0.5 – 0.9), nozzle exit diameters (D = 2.54, 5.08, & 7.62 cm), and jet exit temperature to ambient temperature ratios (ETR = 0.84 – 2.70), these events are extracted from the noise signals measured in the anechoic chamber of the NASA Glenn AeroAcoustic Propulsion Laboratory. It is shown that a signal containing only these events retains all of the important aspects of the acoustic spectrum for jet noise radiating to shallow angles relative to the jet axis, validating the assumption that intermittent events are the essential feature of the peak noise radiation direction. The characteristics of these noise events are analyzed showing that these events can be statistically described in terms of three parameters (the variance of the original signal, the mean width of the events, and the mean time between events) and two universal statistical distribution curves. The variation of these parameters with radiation direction, nozzle diameter, exit velocity, and temperature are discussed.

A second experimental database from the Ohio State University Gas Dynamics and Turbulence Laboratory of far-field acoustic data from an excited subsonic jet with hydrodynamic Mach number of 0.9 (Mj = 0.9) at various total temperature ratios (TTR = 1.0 - 2.5) is analyzed using the same process. In addition to the experimental acoustic database, conclusions and observations from previous works using Localized Arc Filament Plasma Actuators (LAFPAs) are leveraged to inform discussion of the statistical results and their relationship to the jet flow dynamics. Analysis of the excited jet reveals the existence of a resonance condition. When excited at the resonance condition, large amounts of noise amplification can occur – this is associated with each large-scale structure producing a noise event. Conversely, noise reduction occurs when only one noise event occurs per several large-scale structures. One of the important conclusions from these results is that there seems to be a competition for flow energy among neighboring structures that dictates if and how their dynamics will produce noise that radiates to the far-field.

Utilizing the results from both databases, several models for noise sources addressing different aspects of the results are discussed. A simple model for this kind of noise signal is used to derive a relationship between the characteristics of the noise events and the fluctuations in the integrated noise source volume. Based on the known flow-field dynamics and the acoustic results from the excited jet, a hypothetical model of the competition process is described. These various models speculate on the dynamics relating the noise sources to the signal in the far-field and, as such, the present work cannot provide a definitive description of jet noise sources, but can serve as a guide to future exploration.

Mo Samimy, PhD (Advisor)
Igor Adamovich, PhD (Committee Member)
James Bridges, PhD (Committee Member)
Michael Dunn, PhD (Committee Member)
Walter Lempert, PhD (Committee Member)
189 p.

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