The present work describes the application of countercurrent shear flow control to the nonreacting flow in a novel step combustor. The countercurrent shear control employs a suction based approach, which induces counterflow through a gap at the sudden expansion plane. Peak turbulent fluctuation levels, cross-stream averaged turbulent kinetic energy, and cross-stream momentum diffusion increased with applied suction. The control downstream of the step operates via two mechanisms: enhanced global recirculation and near field control of the separated shear layer. The use of counterflow also enhances three dimensionality, a feature that is expected to be beneficial under burning conditions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME|
|State||Published - May 1 2005|