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Suppression of Aerodynamically Induced Cavity Pressure Oscillations

Report Number: AFFDL TR 79-3119
Author(s): Leonard L. Shaw
Corporate Author: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1979-11
Pages: 62
Contract: No contract - Laboratory Research
Project: 2401
Task: 240101
AD Number: ADA084897

A flight test program was performed to gain further insight into the phenomenon of flow-induced cavity pressure oscillations and to evaluate the effectiveness of suppression concepts in eliminating or reducing the pressure oscillations. The cavities tested were rectangular with approximate dimensions of 17 inches long, 8.5 inches deep, and 8.75 inches wide and were instrumented with microphones, static pressure ports, and a thermocouple. The flight speeds ranged from Mach number 0.6 to 1.3 at pressure altitudes of 3,000, 20,000, and 30,000 feet. The suppression devices included leading edge spoilers and deflectors and trailing edge ramps and deflectors. Several combinations of these were tested. The results indicate that the flow-induced pressure oscillations in a cavity of the dimensions tested and for the speed range tested can be significantly reduced with leading edge spoilers in conjunction with a trailing edge ramp. Reductions as large as 30 dB were achieved for the predominant model frequency for a one-third octave band. Other combinations of the suppression devices afforded some reduction, but the spoiler ramp combination proved most effective.

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