The vibroacoustic loads that form during the startup of both rigid and compliant wallhigh area ratio nozzles is investigated. The rigid wall nozzle is fabricated from 6061 aluminum while the compliant wall nozzles are formed from urethane-based elastomers in orderto invoke aeroelastic coupling between the nozzle wall and the internal flow. Single pointmeasurements of the nozzle lip displacement are synchronized with a pressure field microphone located behind the nozzle where the base of a vehicle would reside. Particularattention is drawn to the sound field during transition from free-shock separated flow torestricted shock separated flow, as well as the end-effects regime loads. The findings revealthe sensitivity of the vibroacoustic loads to the aeroelasticity of the nozzle wall duringcritical stages in the startup process.
Multirotor drones are becoming increasingly popular in both the civilian and military sectors of our society. These compact gadgets come in a variety of sizes with the smallest ones measuring less than two inches in diameter, while larger ones can be in excess of five feet. Surprisingly, very little is known about their acoustical footprint, which is becoming a topic of broad importance given that these vehicles most often operate in populated areas. Thus, the objective of this paper is to provide a first principles understanding of the acoustical characteristics of hovering drones. To accomplish this, a new test stand was constructed at the Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin for studying various multirotor drone configurations. The drone test stand is capable of powering up to eight DC electric motors with adjustable arms that allow different rotor diameters to be tested. Rotor diameters ranging from 8 in to 12 in are studied and with configurations comprised of an isolated rotor, a quadcopter configuration and a hexacopter configuration. A six degree-of-freedom load cell is used to assess the aerodynamic performance of each drone configuration. Meanwhile, an azimuthal array of 1/2-inch microphones is placed between 2 and 3 hub-center diameters from the drone center thereby allowing the acoustic near-field to be quantified. The analysis is performed using standard statistical metrics such as Sound Pressure Level and Overall Sound Pressure Level and is presented to demonstrate the relationship between the number of rotors, the drone rotor size and it’s aerodynamic performance (thrust) relative to the far-field noise.
The use of helium-air mixtures to simulate the effects of elevated temperatures in aeroacoustics is plagued by the inability to match exactly the density and sound speed ratios between the jet flow and the ambient field, all the while maintaining the same gas dynamic Mach number and jet exit velocity. Real heated jet flows are typically achieved using either propane combustion in air or kerosene combustion in air, which results in the formation of carbon-dioxide and water vapor byproducts. In an effort to level the playing field between the heat simulated helium-air mixture system and the air breathing combustion system, a theoretical model is developed to isolate the effect of combustion byproducts on these aeroacoustic parameters to see if similar discrepancies arise. The motivation is to narrow the gap between laboratory and full-scale jet noise testing. Gas properties from the new combustion model are validated by laboratory measurements of a real propane combustion system as well as outputs from NASA’s Chemical Equilibrium with Applications code. The findings reveal how the additional combustion byproducts from propane combustion in air and kerosene combustion in air have a negligible effect on the parameters relevant to jet noise. Closer inspection of the helium-air mixture system demonstrates how variations in the Mach wave radiation angle at moderate pressure and temperature ratios of the nozzle is accurate to within a couple of degrees, relative to a pure heated air system. Similar accuracy is reported with the far-field intensity.
The unsteady wall pressure on the aft deck of a multi-stream, planar supersonic nozzle is studied over a range of nozzle operating conditions corresponding to independent changes to the core and bypass stream pressure ratios. The data are processed using time-frequency analysis and reveal various tones corresponding to transonic resonance as wellunsteady interactions of both separation and reflection shocks with the developing boundary layer. The position of the separation shock is shown to experience significant hysteresis effects, which subside at pressure ratios well above the design pressure ratio of the nozzle. Shadowgraphy images of the exhaust plume are also presented, which are then analyzed using the snapshot form of proper orthogonal decomposition. The findings from this low-dimensional analysis demonstrates how the first most energetic mode highlights the shock cell patterns whereas the second most energetic mode elucidates turbulence motions in the plume.
The effect of stagger startup on the vibro-acoustic loads that form during the end-effects regime of clustered rockets is studied using both full-scale (hot-gas) and laboratory scale (cold gas) data with vehicle geometry. Both configurations comprise three nozzles with thrust optimized parabolic contours that undergo free shock separated flow and restricted shock separated flow as well as an end-effects regime prior to flowing full. Acoustic pressure waveforms recorded at the base of the nozzle cluster are analyzed using various statistical metrics as well as time-frequency analysis. The findings reveal a significant reduction in end-effects regime loads when engine ignition is staggered. However, regardless of stagger, both the skewness and kurtosis of the acoustic pressure time derivative elevate to the same levels during the end-effects regime thereby demonstrating the intermittence and impulsiveness of the acoustic waveforms that form during engine startup.
The design, fabrication and calibration of a new thrust stand for conducting thrust andaeroacoustic measurements concurrently in a fully anechoic chamber is discussed. The new thrust stand employs the scale-force measurement technique and is designed to accommodate multi-stream nozzles (core and bypass flow streams). Each stream has a dedicated helium air mixture system thereby permitting a multitude of test conditions. The methodology for designing the thrust stand is described and uses a notch type flexure which demonstrates high repeatability over extended thrust ranges. Calibration is performed with elevated pressure inside the plenum to characterize the effect of increased pressure on the flexure performance. A further qualification of the thrust measurement accuracy is conducted using a small arsenal of nozzles comprising method of characteristics contours. Surveys of the far-field pressure are then conducted during various operating points along the startup curve of a Mach 1.71 rectangular supersonic nozzle.
The plume produced by a cluster of two high area-ratio thrust optimized parabolic contour nozzles is visualized by way of retroreflective shadowgraphy. Both steady and transient operations of the nozzles (start-up and shut-down) were conducted in the anechoic chamber and high speed flow facility at The University of Texas at Austin. Both nozzles exhibit free shock separated flow, restricted shock separated flow and an end-effects regime prior to flowing full. Radon transforms of the shadowgraphy images are used to identify the locations in the flow where sound waves are being generated. During these off design operations of the nozzles, most sound waves are generated by turbulence interactions with the shock cells located in the supersonic annular plume. During the end-effects regime, this supersonic annular plume is shown to flap violently, thus providing a first principals understanding of the sources of most intense loads during engine ignition.
High area ratio rockets generate strong vibro-acoustic loads primarily during transient operations, like start-up and shut-down of the engine. These loads can adversely affect the launch vehicle and its payload. Thus, an accurate prediction of the loads produced during engine start-up is pertinent to the safety and reliability of the launch vehicle. The present work focuses on developing a robust framework for predicting these loads using laboratory scale rocket nozzles tested in the fully anechoic chamber at The University of Texas at Austin. This encompasses corrections for the observer position relative to the prominent source region, as well as scaling factors to correct for geometric factors. The test campaign encompasses single, two, three and four nozzle clusters, as well as differences in nozzle geometry and operating conditions (nozzle pressure ratio).
C. E. Tinney, Canchero, A., Rojo, R., Mack, G., Murray, N. E., and Ruf, J. H., “The Sound-field Produced by Clustered Rockets During Startup,” Whither Turbulence and Dig Data for the 21st Century. Symposium held at the Institute dEtudes Scientifques de Cargese, Corsica, France, April 20-24, (Springer Hardbound Volume, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41217-7), 2015.Abstract
The vibroacoustic loads produced by a cluster of two large area-ratio thrust optimized parabolic contour nozzles are studied over a range of pressure ratios encompassing free-shock separated flow, restricted shock separated flow and the end-effects-regime. The rocket plume is visualized using a retroreflective shadowgraphy system while an experimentally validated RANS model provides insight into the internal flow and shock structure patterns. Pressure loads that form on the base of the vehicle (behind the nozzles) are then measured using a eighth-inch microphone, as most of these loads are caused by high intensity sound waves produced by the rocket nozzle flow. The objective of the study is to provide a direct link between the sources of most intense vibro-acoustic loads that form during the ignition of high area ratio rocket nozzle clusters.
The spatial evolution of acoustic waveforms produced by a Mach 3 jet are investigated using both 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch pressure field microphones located along rays emanating from the post potential core where the peak sound emission is found to occur. The measurements are acquired in a fully anechoic chamber where ground, or other large surface reflections are minimal. The calculation of the OASPL along an arc located at 95 jet diameters using 120 planar grid measurements are shown to collapse remarkably well when the arc array is centered on the post potential core region. Various statistical metrics, including the quadrature spectral density, number of zero crossings, the skewness of the pressure time derivative and the integral of the negative part of the quadrature spectral density, are exercised along the peak emission path. These metrics are shown to undergo rapid changes within 2 meters from the source regions of this laboratory scale jet. The sensitivity of these findings to both transducer size and humidity effects are discussed. A visual extrapolation of these nonlinear metrics toward the jet shear layer suggests that these waveforms are initially skewed at the source. An experimentally validated wave packet model is used to confirm the location where the pressure decay law transition from cylindrical to spherical. It is then used to estimate the source intensity which is required to predict the effective Gol’dberg number.
Low-dimensional characteristics of a helical vortex filament from a reduced-scale rotor are investigated using proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). Measurements are captured by way of particle image velocimetry. Experiments are performed on a 1.0 m diameter, single-bladed rotor in hover. The rotor is operated at 1500 RPM, which corresponds to a blade tip chord Reynolds number of 218,000 and a tip Mach number of 0.23. The blade is set to a collective pitch angle of 7.3◦, which resulted in a blade loading (CT /s) of 0.066. Classical and snapshot techniques of POD are applied to a helical vortex filament, both of which revealed similar characteristics of the dominant modes. Two different techniques (G1 and geometric center methods) of wander correction are applied to test the sensitivity of the low-dimensional characteristics using POD. Using the G1 method, POD revealed that an elliptic instability dominated the energy spectrum of the velocity fluctuations within the tip vortex. However, at early vortex ages an axisymmetric mode, which is found to perform vortex roll-up, is found to be equally dominant. Further, the spatial structures of the most energetic modes derived from POD are found to be sensitive to the choice of the centering technique used.
Discrepancies between linear predictions and direct measurements of the far-field sound produced by high speed jet flows are typically ascribed to nonlinear distortion. Here we employ an effective Gol’dberg number to investigate the likelihood of nonlinear distortion in the noise fields of supersonic jets. This simplified approach relies on an isolated view of a ray tube along the Mach wave angle. It is known that the acoustic pressure obeys by cylindrical spreading in close vicinity to the jet before advancing to a spherical decay in the far-field. Therefore, a ‘piecewise-spreading regime’ model is employed in order to compute effective Gol’dberg numbers for these jet flows. Our first-principal approach suggests that cumulative nonlinear distortion can only be present within 20 jet exit diameters along the Mach wave angle when laboratory-scale jets are being considered. Effective Gol’dberg numbers for full-scale jet noise scenarios reveal that a high-degree of cumulative distortion can likewise be present in the spherical decay regime. Hence, full-scale jet noise fields are more affected by cumulative distortion.