Large eddy simulation of entrainment mechanism of a passive flow control for base drag reduction

Yunchao Yang, Gecheng Zha

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Large eddy simulation (LES) of a passive flow control application, namely Jet Boat Tail (JBT), on a base configuration is performed. LES results indicate that a significant reduction of base drag by 15.6% is achieved using the JBT passive flow control. Two different flow structures are detected for the baseline model. The lower outstanding frequency of velocity fluctuation is attributed to the large scale instability of vortex shedding, whereas the higher frequency is the result of small scale instabilities from the separation of shear layer. For the baseline model, large scale vortex structures are dominant. For the JBT model, The periodically pulsing jet interacts with the base flow and free stream shear layer. The interactions generate vortex pairing and enhance the mixing and entrainment effect. Higher frequencies flow entrainment is dominant for the JBT model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103933
StatePublished - 2016
Event54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

Name54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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