Time-Accurate Simulations of Synthetic Jet-Based Flow Control for an Axisymmetric Spinning Body

Report No. ARL-TR-3300
Authors: Jubaraj Sahu
Date/Pages: September 2004; 29 pages
Abstract: This report describes a computational study undertaken to consider the aerodynamic effect of synthetic jets as a means of providing the control authority needed to maneuver a projectile at a low subsonic speed. A time-accurate Navier-Stokes computational technique has been used to obtain numerical solutions for the unsteady jet-interaction flow field for a spinning projectile at a subsonic speed, Mach = 0.24, and angle of attack, 0 degree. Numerical solutions have been obtained by Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) and hybrid RANS-large-eddy simulation turbulence models. Unsteady numerical results show the effect of the jet on the flow field and the aerodynamic coefficients, particularly the lift force. These numerical results are being used to assess if synthetic jets can be used to provide the control authority needed for maneuvering munitions to hit the targets with precision.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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