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Jet and Anechoic Facilities for Jet Noise Research at ARC

The jet and anechoic chamber facilities consist of a jet exhausting horizontally into a fully anechoic chamber (Figure 1).  The chamber is constructed of sound-dampening walls and fiberglass wedges.  The dimensions of the chamber are 6.20 m wide by 5.59 m long and 3.36 m tall, with internal wedge-tip to wedge-tip dimensions of 5.14 m by 4.48 m and 2.53 m.  The wedges have a base of 24 in by 24 in and tip length of 16 in, producing a cutoff frequency for the chamber of 160 Hz, which is well below the frequencies of interest for acoustic radiation from the jets studied herein.  Compressed and dried air is supplied to the facility from cylindrical storage tanks with a capacity of 43 m³ and maximum pressure of 16 MPa, allowing the jet to run anywhere from low subsonic velocities up to Mach 2.5, with nozzle exit diameters of one to two inches.  Taking advantage of the modular jet mounting, the facility is capable of exhausting through a single stream nozzle or twin-jet nozzles, with nozzle separation distance from 2 to 4 nozzle exit diameters.  An off-line electric heater upstream of the nozzle enables the jet to operate with a stagnation temperature up to 800 K.  A secondary co-flow duct surrounding the nozzle simulates forward flight conditions during jet noise measurements.  The simulated headwind speed is up to Mach 0.3 or 100 m/s.  Opposite the nozzle, a collector collects the entrained air from the jet and exhausts to ambient.  Removable wall segments on the chamber walls allow access to the jet during tests to facilitate data acquisition based optical diagnostics.

Figure 1: Plan view of jet and anechoic chamber (dimensions in m).Figure 1: Plan view of jet and anechoic chamber (dimensions in m).

The GDTL jet and anechoic chamber facilities utilize a variety of data acquisition methods for studying the mixing characteristics and acoustic radiation from single stream jet or twin nozzle jets.  Two- or three-component velocity maps of the jet are acquired with the use of a stereoscopic PIV system.  Seed particles introduced into the flow scatter light from a dual-head, 400 mJ Nd:YAG laser which is capture

d with CCD cameras.  A Z-type Schlieren system producing an 8 in diameter collimated light beam is used for imaging the jet based on density variations. Sixteen microphones arranged in an azimuthal array, along with a linear array of four microphones, can be configured for simultaneous acquisition of the pressure fluctuations in the near-field and hydrodynamic regions of the jet. Eleven microphones mounted along a rail and oriented normal to the jet exit make up the far-field acoustic array (Figure 1).  The microphones are located  at least 50 jet diameters from the nozzle exit and at polar angles spanning 30° to 120°. The GDTL jet and anechoic chamber facilities can conduct not only static jet noise experiments, but also simulated forward-flight jet noise measurements. With appropriate correction of free-stream sound refraction, the model scale laboratory measurements can replicate the environment of jet engine noise propagating in the field.  Localized Arc Filament Plasma Actuators (LAFPAs), devices developed at GDTL, provide a unique active flow control capability for jet control and noise reduction as well as for flow and acoustic diagnostics. LAFPAs, with eight actuators around the nozzle exit, have been applied in the investigation of noise suppression of single jet as well as the study of flow control of twin-jet’s plume interaction. They have provided a wealth flow and acoustic physics information that could not be obtained with any other currently available techniques.