An experimental study was conducted on the effectiveness of sawtooth spoilers at suppressing acoustic tones within a rectangular cavity with a length-to-depth ratio of five and a width-to-depth ratio of two, operating at a freestream Mach number of 0.71. Whereas previous research has focussed on the ratio of spoiler height to boundary-layer thickness (h/δ), this study also considers the effect of the ratio of cavity length to boundary-layer thickness (L/δ). Using a combination of unsteady pressure measurements and particle image velocimetry, it was established that consideration of the magnitude of both parameters is important when designing passive control methods for transonic cavities. A correlation was developed which suggests that in order to suppress fully the cavity tones, a critical spoiler height, h cr, is defined such that h cr/δ = 0.065 ≤ L/δ ≤ 0.082.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 11, 2015
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