Femtosecond Laser Tagging Characterization of a Sweeping Jet Actuator Operating in the Compressible Regime Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved. A sweeping jet (SWJ) actuator operating over a range of nozzle pressure ratios (NPRs) was characterized with femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET), single hot-wire anemometry (HWA) and high-speed/phase-averaged schlieren. FLEET velocimetry was successfully demonstrated in a highly unsteady, oscillatory flow containing subsonic through supersonic velocities. Qualitative comparisons between FLEET and HWA (which measured mass flux since the flow was compressible) showed relatively good agreement in the external flow profiles. The spreading rate was found to vary from 0.5 to 1.2 depending on the pressure ratio. The precision of FLEET velocity measurements in the external flow field was poorer (25 m/s) than reported in a previous study due to the use of relatively low laser fluences, impacting the velocity fluctuation measurements. FLEET enabled velocity measurements inside the device and showed that choking likely occurred for NPR 2.0, and no internal shockwaves were present. Qualitative oxygen concentration measurements using FLEET were explored in an effort to gauge the jets mixing with the ambient. The jet was shown to mix well within roughly four throat widths and mix fully within roughly eight throat widths. Schlieren provided visualization of the internal and external flow fields and showed that the qualitative structure of the internal flow does not vary with pressure ratio and the sweeping mechanism observed for incompressible NPRs also probably holds for compressible NPRs.

name of conference

  • 32nd AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference

published proceedings

  • 32nd AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Peters, C. J., Miles, R. B., Burns, R. A., Danehy, P. M., Bathel, B. F., & Jones, G. S.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Peters, Christopher J||Miles, Richard B||Burns, Ross A||Danehy, Paul M||Bathel, Brett F||Jones, Gregory S

publication date

  • June 2016