Unsteady flow evolution in porous chamber with surface mass injection, Part 1: Free oscillation

S. Apte, V. Yang

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Unsteady flow evolution in a porous chamber with surface mass injection simulating a nozzleless rocket motor has been investigated numerically. The analysis is based on a large-eddy-simulation technique in which the spatially filtered and Favre averaged conservation equations for large, energy-carrying turbulent structures are solved explicitly. The effect of the unresolved scales is modeled semi-empirically by considering adequate dissipation rates for the energy present in the resolved scale motions. The flowfield is basically governed by the balance between the inertia force and pressure gradient, as opposed to viscous effects and pressure gradient corresponding to channel flows without transpiration. It accelerates from zero at the head end and becomes supersonic in the divergent section of the nozzle. Three successive regimes of development, laminar, transitional, and fully turbulent flow, are observed. Transition to turbulence occurs away from the porous wall in the midsection of the motor, and the peak in the turbulence intensity moves closer to the wall farther downstream as the local Reynolds number increases. Increase in pseudoturbulence level at the injection surface causes early transition to turbulence. As the flow develops farther downstream, the velocity profile transits into the shape of a fully developed turbulent pipe flow with surface transpiration. The compressibility effect also plays an important role, causing transition of the mean velocity profiles from their incompressible flow counterparts as the local Mach number increases. The flow evolution is characterized primarily by three nondimensional numbers: injection Reynolds number, centerline Reynolds number, and momentum flux coefficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1577-1586
Number of pages10
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering

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