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Control of the turbulent flow in a plane diffuser through optimized contoured cavities. (English) Zbl 1408.76318
Summary: A passive control strategy, which consists in introducing contoured cavities in solid walls, is applied to a plane asymmetric diffuser at a Reynolds number that implies fully-turbulent flow upstream of the diffuser divergent part. The analysed reference configuration, for which experimental and numerical data were available, is characterized by an area ratio of 4.7 and a divergence angle of \(10^\circ\). A large zone of steady flow separation is present in the diffuser without the introduction of the control. One and two subsequent contoured cavities are introduced in the divergent wall of the diffuser and a numerical optimization procedure is carried out to obtain the cavity geometry that maximizes the pressure recovery in the diffuser and minimizes the flow separation extent. The introduction of one optimized cavity leads to an increase in pressure recovery of the order of 6.9% and to a significant reduction of the separation extent, and further improvement (9.6%) is obtained by introducing two subsequent cavities in the divergent wall. The most important geometrical parameters are also identified, and the robustness of the solution to small changes in their values and in the Reynolds number is assessed. The present results show that the proposed control strategy, previously tested in the laminar regime, is effective also for turbulent flows at higher Reynolds numbers. As already found for laminar flow, the success of the control is due both to a virtual geometry modification of the diffuser and to a favourable effect of the cavities in reducing the momentum losses near the wall.
76F65 Direct numerical and large eddy simulation of turbulence
76F60 \(k\)-\(\varepsilon\) modeling in turbulence
76D55 Flow control and optimization for incompressible viscous fluids
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