On the mechanisms affecting fluidic vectoring using suction

R. D. Gillgrist, D. J. Forliti, P. J. Strykowski

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Suction was applied asymmetrically to the exhaust of a rectangular subsonic jet creating a pressure field capable of vectoring the primary flow at angles up to 15 deg. The suction simultaneously creates low pressures near the jet exhaust and conditions capable of drawing a secondary flow along the jet shear layer in the direction opposite to the primary jet. This countercurrent shear layer is affected both by the magnitude of the suction source as well as the proximity of an adjacent surface onto which the pressure forces act to achieve vectoring. This confined countercurrent flow gives rise to elevated turbulence levels in the jet shear layer as well as considerable increases in the gradients of the turbulent stresses. The turbulent stresses are responsible for producing a pressure field conducive for vectoring the jet at considerably reduced levels of secondary mass flow than would be possible in their absence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


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