Interaction of synthetic jets with laminar and turbulent boundary layers

Xin Wen, Hui Tang

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The interaction between circular synthetic jets and flat-plate laminar/turbulent boundary layers is investigated using CFD simulations in this study. For turbulent boundary layer simulations, large eddy simulation (LES) is applied so as to obtain more accurate flow details. The simulation results are validated using both existing experimental data and numerical results obtained from other researchers, and reasonable agreements are achieved. The simulated vortical structures produced by a circular synthetic jet issued into a laminar boundary layer and a turbulent boundary layer are analysed and compared. Obvious difference is found between the vortical structures formed in those two boundary layers. Meanwhile the effects of the different vortical structures on wall shear stresses are also evaluated to help identify the flow control effectiveness of synthetic jets in different types of boundary layers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2012
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
ISBN (Electronic)9780646583730
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2012 - Launceston, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20127 Dec 2012


Conference18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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