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1 Experimental Aerodynamic Analysis of a Plug Nozzle for Supersonic Business Jet Application John Tapee Dr. John Sullivan

2 2 CAD Model Schlieren Shadowgraph Static Pressures Dynamic Pressures Installed Hardware

3 Introduction/Overview Experimental static test of plug nozzle Research carried out under Task 7c of the Supersonic Business Jet program (SSBJ) Purpose: –Characterize behavior, especially low nozzle pressure ratio (NPR) unsteady effects –Provide basis for CFD comparison & evaluation Test geometry derived from Gulfstream’s High-Flow Bypass concept –Designed for sonic boom mitigation –High-flow bypass region avoids thick engine nacelle that would create strong shock wave –Zero-energy-added stream; only intent is to reduce losses –Plug nozzle design chosen for easy integration with this concept 3 Gulfstream High-Flow Bypass Concept [Conners, 2008] Flow

4 Background Plug nozzles are altitude-compensating Free jet boundary expands to match local ambient pressure –For NPRs below design, avoids overexpansion –For NPRs at and above design, behaves like standard C-D nozzle Shocks/expansions are the mechanisms that enable altitude-compensation –Consider thrust as integral of surface pressure over projected area –Pressure plot at right shows better performance for plug at low NPR Can truncate plug to get net increase in performance Plug design has also been shown to be less noisy [Dosanjh, 1986; Stone, 2000] 4 Surface Pressures at Low NPR for Plug and C-D Nozzle Plug Nozzle at NPR < NPR design [Hagemann, 1998] [Ruf, 1997]

5 Background Similar studies have been performed for conical, truncated, and contoured plugs Images shown here taken from tests conducted by Verma at India’s National Aerospace Labs Both plugs are conical, not contoured Design NPR ≈ 7.8, both images at NPR = [Verma, 2008]

6 Model Geometry

7 Notable Geometry Differences No high-flow bypass stream Shroud wall thickness increased for structural soundness and machinability Subsonic convergent angle increased Hot/cold flow split introduced New strut design for rig compatibility and instrumentation pass-through 7 Flow Gulfstream High-Flow Bypass Concept [Conners, 2008] (reproduced with permission) Test Geometry No geometry modifications to supersonic stream – flow behavior should be similar to full scale Dark Gray = Rig Hardware Light Gray = Plug Nozzle Hardware

8 Design nozzle pressure ratio (NPR) of 6.23 Scale = –Based on available mass flow Unmixed core & bypass airstreams Constructed from stainless steel (hot parts) and aluminum (cold parts) Swappable aluminum and glass shrouds for pressure measurement and internal flow visualization, respectively Hollow struts for instrumentation pass-through Model Geometry Overview 8 HOT COLD HOT in in “Shroud” “Plug” or “Centerbody”

9 Facility and Instrumentation

10 Test Facility 10 Used new dual-stream, co-annular nozzle rig developed under SSBJ Task 7b Simulates typical turbofan engine exhaust –Unheated bypass stream –Vitiated core stream Blowdown facility capable of test times on the order of several minutes [Trebs, 2008] Condition-monitoring temperature and pressure measurements throughout Total temperature & pressure rakes provide nozzle feed conditions Mass-averaged nozzle pressure ratio (NPR) defined as: where total pressures are averaged over space, not time

11 Instrumentation Static Pressure Taps –Focused primarily on axial resolution (best is 0.5”) High-frequency Sensors –Kulite Pressure Transducers –Accelerometers –Used Welch’s method to pull power spectral density from raw data High-speed Schlieren/Shadowgraph 11

12 Pressure Measurements 12 Angle Reference (looking upstream) High-frequency Transducers Omitted taps marked (P19, P29, S15) Primary static measurement along +45° row (blue, 0.5” spacing) –20 taps on plug –12 taps on shroud Additional taps for azimuthal variation –10 on plug –9 on shroud

13 Flow Visualization Schlieren –Sensitive to 1 st derivative of density in direction perpendicular to knife edge –Most tests with vertical knife edge –Images external section of nozzle –Considerable background noise Shadowgraph –Sensitive to 2 nd derivative of density, non- directional –Implemented due to schlieren limitations with glass shroud –Images almost entire nozzle (from about 1” downstream of throat) –Image processing technique applied to reduce effect of glass imperfections on image 13 OriginalResult

14 Sample Full-Range Visualization Schlieren Playback at actual speed NPR range: 1.0 – 5.5 Shadowgraph Playback at 1/10 th speed NPR range: 1.0 – NOT SYNCHRONIZED

15 Tip Vibration Analysis Two methods of analysis: 1.Track intensity of individual pixel near centerbody edge Pixel choice important Not that sensitive to noise in schlieren images 2.Track tip location Provides amplitude as well as frequency Quite sensitive to noise in schlieren images 15 Method #1 Track intensity value from chosen pixel Method #2 Tip (track x,y coordinates) CenterlineVertical Centers

16 Tip Vibration Results 16 Sample case: Hot fire, NPR 2.03, shadowgraph imaging Tip deflection plots show maximum amplitude of roughly in –Less than one pixel Dominant frequency at 18 Hz Similar power spectra for each method Method #2: Tip TrackingMethod #1: Pixel Intensity

17 y deflection (in) x deflection (in) Tip Vibration Results Schlieren images of high-NPR hot fire tests show thermal growth of centerbody (corresponds to ΔT of about 75°F over 5 seconds) Vibration magnitude (and frequency) independent of NPR 17 Tip is difficult to detect in some schlieren images Hot, 4.47 y deflection (in) Hot, 6.12 Cold, 2.56 Cold, 1.74 (Shadowgraph)

18 Selected Test Cases

19 Tests Total of 57 successful tests –Conducted from Jan. 28, 2009 through Feb. 23, 2009 –22 steady-state hot, NPRs of 1.77 to 6.12 –30 steady-state cold, NPRs of 1.26 to 5.75 –5 cold flow sweeps For hot fires, temperature varied between 600 °F and 1200 °F –Insufficient control of fuel flow to reduce this variation Concentrated on low NPRs ( < 3.0 ) –Region of concern for unsteady characteristics 19 CaseTypeNPR Core Temp (°F) 1Cold3.73n/a 2Cold1.59n/a 3Hot Hot Selected Cases

20 Case #1: Cold Flow, NPR 3.73 Flow fairly steady No substantial peaks in power spectrum Little asymmetry in pressure distribution –x/L = 0.52 Black/yellow diamonds indicate suspect data –Possible leak or geometry error 20 Playback at 1/10 th speed

21 Case #2: Cold Flow, NPR 1.59 Shock location very unsteady Unsteadiness shown in dynamic transducers –Peak oscillation at 200 Hz Almost no asymmetry in pressure distribution 21 Playback at 1/10 th speed Image at NPR 1.74

22 Case #3: Hot Fire, NPR 2.50 Axial position reasonably steady No specific frequency peaks, just broadband oscillations below 200 Hz Somewhat asymmetric at shock (x/L = 0.38) 22 Shadowgraph: Cold, NPR 2.45 Playback (both) at 1/10 th speed

23 Case #4: Hot Fire, Cruise Condition Actual NPR = 6.12 (cruise target is 6.23) Difficult to capture hot fire schlieren due to refractive index gradients Fairly steady – frequency range > 1kHz shows combustion frequencies Little asymmetry (x/L = 0.52 again) 23 Playback at 1/10 th speed

24 Detailed Data Comparisons & Additional Analysis

25 Cold 3.70 (approx.) Horizontal Knife-Edge Cold 3.73 Vertical Knife-Edge Cold 2.45 Shadowgraph Shock Structure Classic lambda shock forms on both plug and shroud wall Large region of separation on plug Higher NPRs setup classic diamond-shock pattern in exhaust Schlieren and Shadowgraph techniques integrate along the optical path – for axisymmetric flow, this results in “phantom” shock patterns (dotted lines) 25 LEGEND

26 Cold Flow Schlieren 26 NPR 1.40NPR 1.88*NPR 2.23 NPR 3.06NPR 3.73NPR 5.75 *discussed in detail later

27 Hot Fire Schlieren At cruise, shroud trailing edge shock lies right at theoretical plug tip Quality schlieren images harder to obtain during hot fires due to combustion products and temperature gradients Mixing layer between hot core and cold bypass streams not very clear due to light path integration issue 27 NPR 2.50NPR 3.48 NPR 4.47NPR 6.12 [Rossmann, 2001] v 1, ρ 1 v 2, ρ 2 Sample Expected Mixing Layer Image Mixing Layer Edge

28 Low-NPR Shadowgraph Optical properties of glass shroud prevented schlieren use More detail visible in cold flow After 1 st hot fire, some condensed liquid accumulated on the shroud’s inner surface, forming a visualization of shock location at the wall typical of oil flow 28 Hot, NPR 2.03Hot, NPR 2.39 Hot, NPR 2.93 Cold, NPR 2.14 Cold, NPR 2.45

29 CFD Schlieren Comparison Phantom normal shock train –No shock reflection or separation on plug –“Wavy” shape of apparent shocks is uncharacteristic of normal shocks Axisymmetric CFD shows that a large separation region does exist and that the faint normal shocks do not extend all the way to the plug surface 29 Cold Flow, NPR 1.88 Hot Fire, NPR 2.03 (courtesy Dheeraj Kapilavai)

30 High-Speed Schlieren Cold Flow 2.11 Recorded at 6000 fps Playback at 10 fps (1/600 th speed) Shock oscillation visually observed –Period of 17 frames –Equivalent to 353 Hz Very good match with dynamic pressure transducers 30

31 Steady Pressures: Experimental Comparisons Can clearly see shock locations, separation regions Black/yellow diamonds indicate suspect data points Primary difference between hot & cold operation is position of shock along plug –Caused by temperature difference of roughly °F 31 *only viewing 45° taps Separation Shocks

32 Steady Pressures: CFD Comparisons Fluent analysis with coarse unstructured grid for sizing –No dedicated boundary layer gridding Most glaring difference is axial shock location Conclusion: flow is dominated by boundary layer and separation –This CFD does not resolve the boundary layer well Comparison near throat shows why two pressure taps are suspect 32 CFD – solid lines Experimental – discrete data points

33 Cold Flow Kulites Substantial pressure oscillations at NPRs ≤ 2.25 due to shock movement Dominant frequency = Hz Unsteady behavior beyond dynamic transducers for NPR ≥

34 Hot Fire Kulites Frequency peaks in same Hz range, not as evident as with cold flow Spectrum for f > 1000 Hz caused by combustion instabilities 60 Hz noise seen in many hot fire tests Near NPR 2.50, wide band of pressure oscillation frequencies, but no distinct peaks (repeatable during 3 distinct tests) 34

35 Flow Structure Jump at NPR ≈ 2.05 Abrupt change in flow behavior & shock train at NPR of roughly 2.05 Shows distinct asymmetry in 2 nd structure (Recorded at 100 fps, playback at 1/10 th speed) 35

36 Flow Structure Jump at NPR ≈ 2.05 Pressure distributions show this structure change Shock abruptly moves aft along plug (and forward along shroud) as NPR slowly increases past s 75 s Placement in time shown here

37 Flow structure change visible in pressure histories as well –Each line reflects pressure at tap indicated by similarly colored diamond Overall, shows decrease in pressure fluctuations in 2 nd structure NPR plot below shows no abrupt change in feed conditions Flow Structure Jump at NPR ≈ Time window for pressure histories

38 Conclusions

39 Summary & Conclusions Summary A derivative of Gulfstream’s high-flow bypass nozzle has been designed and manufactured to fit the new nozzle rig at HPL. A series of experimental tests of this nozzle has been successfully conducted in close partnership with our sponsors. Instrumentation suite allowed collection of steady-state pressure profiles and unsteady flow characteristics Used a combination of schlieren and shadowgraph methods to enhance understanding of nozzle flow physics Conclusions At cruise (NPR = 6.23), nozzle performs well At NPRs between 2.5 and 6, flow is relatively steady –Shock/boundary layer interaction and separation along plug and shroud At NPRs between 1.0 and 2.5, flow is unsteady –Dominated by boundary layer and separation characteristics on plug 39

40 Variable geometry will be necessary for a production system (this was expected but is still worth noting) Truncate Plug –Literature indicates that additional compressions and/or expansions that would occur would remain within the plume and have little effect on the external flow field –Reduce/eliminate any tip vibration and reduce manufacturing complexity –Weight savings → possible net performance gain Shorten Shroud –Incorporate better altitude-compensating behavior –Reduce/eliminate massive separation along plug –Simple modification to existing geometry Use focused schlieren –Combat the “phantom” shocks created by the light path integration issue –Would also reduce sensitivity to background noise Recommendations 40 Gulfstream Shroud Extension [Hagemann, 1998]

41 Questions?

42 References 1)Tim Conners. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. Presentation to Rolls-Royce, 23 January Images reproduced with permission. 2)Adam Trebs. Biannular Airbreathing Nozzle Rig Facility Development. Master’s thesis, Purdue University, August )S.B. Verma. Performance Characteristics of an Annular Conical Aerospike Nozzle with Freestream Effect. In 44 th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, July )G. Hagemann, H. Immich, and M. Terhardt. Flow Phenomena in Advanced Rocket Nozzles – the Plug Nozzle. In 34 th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, July )J. H. Ruf and P. K. McConnaughey. The Plume Physics Behind Aerospike Nozzle Altitude Compensation and Slipstream Effect. In 33 rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, July )D.S. Dosanjh and I.S. Das. Aeroacoustics of Contoured Plug-Nozzle Supersonic Jet Flows. In AIAA 10 th Aeroacoustics Conference, July )James R. Stone, Eugene A. Krejsa, Ian Halliwell, and Bruce J. Clark. Noise Suppression Nozzles for Supersonic Business Jet. In 36 th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, July )Tobias Rossmann, M. Godfrey Mungal, and Ronald K. Hanson. Acetone PLIF and Schlieren Imaging of High Compressibility Mixing Layers. In 39 th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January


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