Sources of high-speed jet noise: Analysis of LES data and modeling

Sanjiva K. Lele, Simon Mendez, Jaiyoung Ryu, Joseph Nichols, Mohammad Shoeybi, Parviz Moin

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Results from recent LES studies of high-speed jet flows and its near and far-field noise (Mendez et al. AIAA-2010-271) are reviewed with an emphasis on validation of the LES results. Far-field noise is predicted using data collected on a conical FW-H surface. Very good agreement with the measurement reported by Bridges & Wernet (AIAA-2008-2834) is observed. Data analysis of the flow disturbances within the jet and in the near-field is used to better characterize the sound source processes. We analyze LES data of Bodony and Lele (Phys. Fluids, vol. 46, 2005) using a filter in the wavenumber-frequency domain. The supersonic components of pressure and radial velocity fluctuation show peaks within the jet and show the Uj8 scaling behavior consistent with the far-field radiated noise levels. The observed scaling is also consistent with a perturbation expansion of nearly incompressible turbulent fluctuations within the jet flow. Linear global mode analysis of the non-parallel jet mean flow is performed. Features of Mach wave radiation are evident in the global modes for supersonic convection. Large transient growth is found due to convective non-normality. Some implications of this analysis for jet noise modeling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2010

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Supersonics element of NASAFundamental Aeronautics Program under grant numberNNX07AC94AandinpartbytheBoeingCompany. WeappreciatetechnicalinteractionswithDr. James Bridges and his generous help with the jet noise data. We are also grateful to Prof. Daniel J. Bodony for sharing his jet LES database for analysis by Jaiyoung Ryu in his thesis.


  • Global modes
  • Jet aeroacoustics
  • Jet noise
  • Large-eddy simulation
  • Noise sources


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