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Flow Control in Serpentine Inlet Duct Using Vortex Generator Jets

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R. K. Sullerey

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

S. Chandra

Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, Kanpur, India

Paper No. FEDSM2008-55076, pp. 493-497; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the Heat Transfer, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Volume 1: Symposia, Parts A and B
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4840-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The objective of the present research is to study the effectiveness of steady and pulsed vortex generator jets in reducing inlet flow distortion and in improving pressure recovery by effective secondary flow control in uniform inflow Serpentine duct diffuser. The measurements were carried out in at a test Reynolds number of 6.5×105 based on the diffuser inlet width. Serpentine duct diffuser consisted of two main portions namely square to circular constant area followed by a circular diffusing duct. Investigations show that the flow in the serpentine diffusing duct suffers from stall on the inner wall and the outflow at AIP has considerable flow distortion due the combined effect of secondary flow and the inner wall stall. It is observed that the use of vortex generator jets both in steady and pulsed modes improve the performance substantially. The number of jets, location of jets, velocity ratios and the pulse frequency are some of the variables that are studied. The results obtained so far suggest that use of pulsed jet not only gives better performance but also reduces the amount of air that need to be injected through the jets in comparison to steady jets for similar velocity ratios.

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