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Title: Development and Calibration of a new Anechoic Wall Jet Wind Tunnel
A new Anechoic Wall Jet Wind Tunnel was built at Virginia Tech. A detailed design based on the old wall jet tunnel was done to improve the quality of the resultant flow. Aerodynamic and acoustic calibrations were performed in order to understand properties and characteristics of the flow generated by this new facility which can be used for various aeroacoustic studies. Far-field acoustics were measured using half-inch B&K microphones in a streamwise array to characterize and reduce the background noise. Sound pressure levels were lower by 10 dB for frequencies up to 700Hz in comparison to the old facility. The turbulent surface pressure fluctuations of the wall-jet flow were studied using Sennheiser microphones placed along streamwise and spanwise locations to record surface pressure fluctuations. Comparison of the autocorrelation plotted for microphones along the same span indicate uniform flow features. A decay in the turbulence levels is observed along the downstream direction as expected. Aerodynamic calibrations included mean velocity measurements along different spanwise locations, wall-jet boundary layer profiles and streamwise cross-sections. Spanwise and cross-sectional velocity profiles show good uniformity of the flow. Detailed boundary layer analyses were performed with the parameters obtained from the experiments.
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AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2019
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