Development of fluidic oscillators as flow control actuators

James Winborn Gregory, Purdue University


This work is comprised of two key accomplishments: the study and design of fluidic oscillators for flow control applications, and the development and application of porous pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) for unsteady flowfields. PSP development was a necessary prerequisite for characterizing the unsteady fluid dynamics of the fluidic oscillators. Development work on the fluidic oscillator commences with a study on the internal fluid dynamics of the feedback-free class of oscillators. This study demonstrates that the collision of two jets within a mixing chamber forms an oscillating shear layer driven by counter-rotating vortices. A micro-scale version of this type of oscillator is also characterized with PSP measurements and frequency surveys. Subsequently, this high-frequency oscillator (∼ 5 kHz) is coupled with a low-frequency solenoid valve to create dual-frequency injection that is useful in flow control applications. A new hybrid actuator is developed that merges piezoelectric and fluidic technology. This piezo-fluidic oscillator successfully decouples the oscillation frequency from the supply pressure, thereby enabling closed-loop flow control actuation. Fluidic oscillators are then applied to a practical flow control application for cavity tone suppression. The fluidic oscillators are able to suppress the tone by 17.0 dB, while steady blowing at the same mass flow rate offers only 1.6-dB suppression. Work with pressure-sensitive paint involved development of a model for the quenching kinetics of the paint. Two fast-responding paint formulations, Polymer/ceramic and Fast FIB, are evaluated experimentally and compared to the model predictions. Both the model and experiments demonstrate that a paint layer will respond faster to a decrease in pressure than an increase of the same magnitude, and that the polymer/ceramic paint has a flat frequency response of at least 1.59 kHz. Furthermore, the excellent response characteristics of porous PSP are highlighted by applying the paint to various flowfields. The polymer/ceramic formulation is used to record the 12-kHz oscillating shock wave and propagating acoustic waves generated by a Hartmann oscillator. Polymer/ceramic PSP is also used to measure the acoustic mode shapes in a rectangular resonance cavity driven by a speaker at 145 dB. These results compare favorably to the analytical solution for the same geometry.




Sullivan, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Aerospace materials|Mechanical engineering

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