On the dissipation and dispersion of entropy waves in heat transferring channel flows

Fattahi, A., Hosseinalipour, S.M. and Karimi, N. (2017) On the dissipation and dispersion of entropy waves in heat transferring channel flows. Physics of Fluids, 29(8), 087104. (doi: 10.1063/1.4999046)

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This paper investigates the hydrodynamic and heat transfer effects on the dissipation and dispersion of entropy waves in non-reactive flows. These waves, as advected density inhomogeneities downstream of unsteady flames, may decay partially or totally before reaching the exit nozzle, where they are converted into sound. Attenuation of entropy waves dominates the significance of the subsequent acoustic noise generation. Yet, the extent of this decay process is currently a matter of contention and the pertinent mechanisms are still largely unexplored. To resolve this issue, a numerical study is carried out by compressible large eddy simulation of the wave advection in a channel subject to convective and adiabatic thermal boundary conditions. The dispersion, dissipation, and spatial correlation of the wave are evaluated by post-processing of the numerical results. This includes application of the classical coherence function as well as development of nonlinear quantitative measures of wave dissipation and dispersion. The analyses reveal that the high frequency components of the entropy wave are always strongly damped. The survival of the low frequency components heavily depends on the turbulence intensity and thermal boundary conditions of the channel. In general, high turbulence intensities and particularly heat transfer intensify the decay and destruction of the spatial coherence of entropy waves. In some cases, they can even result in the complete annihilation of the wave. The current work can therefore resolve the controversies arising over the previous studies of entropy waves with different thermal boundary conditions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Karimi, Dr Nader
Authors: Fattahi, A., Hosseinalipour, S.M., and Karimi, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Physics of Fluids
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
ISSN (Online):1089-7666
Published Online:28 August 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Institute of Physics
First Published:First published in Physics of Fluids 29(8):087104
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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