In this paper, we present observations on the impact of mechanical chevrons on modifying the flow field and noise emanated by supersonic jet flows. These observations are derived from both a monotonically integrated large-eddy simulation (MILES) approach to simulate the near fields of supersonic jet flows and laboratory experiments. The nozzle geometries used in this research are representative of practical engine nozzles. A finite-element flow solver using unstructured grids allows us to model the nozzle geometry accurately and the MILES approach directly computes the large-scale turbulent flow structures. The emphasis of the work is on “off-design” or non-ideally expanded flow conditions. LES for several total pressure ratios under non-ideally expanded flow conditions were simulated and compared to experimental data. The agreement between the predictions and the measurements on the flow field and near-field acoustics is good. After this initial step on validating the computational methodology, the impact of mechanical chevrons on modifying the flow field and hence the near-field acoustics is being investigated. This paper presents the results to date and further details will be presented at the meeting.

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