Formation Criterion for Synthetic Jets
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE
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A formation criterion for synthetic jets is proposed and validated. A synthetic jet actuator is a zero-net mass-flux device that imparts momentum to its surroundings. Jet formation is defined as the appearance of a time-averaged outward velocity along the jet axis and corresponds to the generation and subsequent convection or escape of a vortex ring. It is shown that over a wide range of operating conditions synthetic jet formation is governed by the jet Strouhal number Sr or Reynolds number Re and Stokes number S. Both numerical simulations and experiments are performed to supplement available two-dimensional and axisymmetric synthetic jet formation data in the literature. The data support the jet formation criterion 1Sr ReS2 K, where the constant K is approximately 1 and 0.16 for two-dimensional and axisymmetric synthetic jets, respectively. In addition, the dependence of the constant K on the normalized radius of curvature of a rounded orifice or slot is addressed. The criterion is expected to serve as a useful design guide for synthetic jet formation in flow control, heat transfer, and acoustic liner applications, in which a stronger jet is synonymous with increased momentum transfer, vorticity generation, and acoustic nonlinearities.
- Fluid Mechanics