Turbulent Flows in a Model SDR Combustor

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T.-M. Liou, Y.-Y. Wu

Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30043

J. Fluids Eng 115(3), 468-473 (Sep 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910162 History: Received June 03, 1991; Revised January 08, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


An experimental study is reported on the isothermal flow fields in a model solid-propellant ducted rocket combustor with two opposing side inlets. The measurements were made by using a four-beam two-color laser-Doppler velocimeter (LDV). Three values of momentum ratio (Ma /Ms ) of the axial- to side-inlet jet—0.025, 0.11, and 1.28—were selected to investigate their effects on the flow characteristics. The Reynolds number, based on the air density, combustor height, and bulk velocity, was 4.56 × 104 . The flow field was characterized in terms of the mean-velocity vectors and contours, joint probability functions, mean reattachment lengths, spreading rate of the axial-jet width, and Reynolds stress and turbulence kinetic energy contours. The LDV measured mean reattachment lengths were found to well agree with the corresponding flow-visualization photograph. In addition, the three Ma /Ms values provided three characteristic flows which are useful in testing the computational models. Further, correlations between the present cold-flow and previous reading-flow studies were documented in detail. It was found that from the fluid dynamic point of view Ma /Ms = 0.11 was preferable to the other two values of Ma /Ms .

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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