Flow disturbances are generated inside a duct via pulsed injection of helium into a flow of air. This leads to the generation of an acoustic pulse (direct noise), as well as the production of entropic and compositional inhomogeneities, which are convected with the mean flow. As these inhomogeneities are convected through a choked nozzle, they generate indirect noise. The resulting acoustic pressure fluctuations are measured experimentally using pressure transducers upstream of the nozzle. Insight obtained from theoretical models and a time-delay analysis can be used to isolate and extract the contributions of direct and indirect noise in the experimental signal. These results are directly compared to existing one-dimensional (1D) direct and indirect noise models. The experimental measurement of indirect noise is found to be in good agreement with the theoretical models for entropy noise and compositional noise for a compact 1D isentropic nozzle.
Combustion noise is at the heart of several efforts to reduce aircraft emissions. First, as large reductions in jet and fan noise have been achieved, combustion noise emanating from the aero-engine is now a major contributor to the overall noise emitted by an aircraft. Parallel to this, the desire to reduce harmful pollutant emissions (such as NOx) has led to the development of new lean-burn engines. However, these engines are particular susceptible to thermoacoustic instabilities , which can be triggered by combustion noise, and have a dramatic effect on engine performance. In this context, the development of a thorough understanding of combustion noise is an essential step in view of meeting future aircraft emission targets.
Combustion noise is comprised of direct and indirect noise . The unsteady combustion process generates acoustic waves, known as direct noise, as well as convected flow disturbances, such as entropic, vortical, or compositional inhomogeneities. These disturbances are quiescent by themselves, but if they are accelerated or decelerated (both of which are the case downstream of a gas turbine combustor), they generate indirect noise [3–5]. This noise propagates both downstream, where it contributes to overall aircraft noise, and upstream into the combustor, where it may bring about a thermoacoustic instability .
Indirect noise generated by the acceleration of deceleration of entropy disturbances (“entropy noise”) was first investigated analytically in the 1970s [3,7,8]. However, experimental measurement of this effect has proved hard to achieve, not least due to the difficulty of separating direct and indirect noise, which are highly correlated .
Given the difficulty of separating direct and indirect noise inside a combustor, several experiments have attempted to study the indirect noise mechanism in a simplified situation, by generating entropy or vorticity waves artificially [10–15]. In the entropy wave generator (EWG) experiment conducted at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) , an entropy wave was generated using a heating grid (leading to direct noise), convected through a duct, and accelerated through a converging-diverging nozzle (leading to indirect noise). The resulting acoustic pressure fluctuations were measured downstream of the nozzle, operated both in the subsonic and supersonic regimes.
The DLR experiment led to a series of analytical and numerical investigations aiming to explain its results [16–21]. These works indicate that the acoustic reflections downstream of the nozzle have a large effect on the measured acoustic signal [16,17]. As a result, definitive conclusions regarding the indirect noise amplitude cannot be drawn from the experiment without precise knowledge regarding the acoustic boundary conditions of the system. These are particularly difficult to obtain at low frequencies, which the experiment is limited to due to the cooling time of the heating grid.
In addition, the direct and indirect noise signals appear to be “merged,” meaning that their relative contributions cannot be readily identified. In the subsonic case, it is not clear to which extent the measured pressure fluctuations correspond to indirect rather than direct noise [19–21].
Following the DLR experiment, another EWG was set up at Cambridge, in which acoustic fluctuations were measured upstream of the nozzle rather than downstream. Here, the direct noise and indirect noise were clearly separated in time, meaning that their contributions could be measured separately. Comparisons with low-order one-dimensional (1D) simulations  suggest that the entropy noise generated experimentally was considerably larger than predicted by the model developed by Marble and Candel . However, these results are limited to low frequencies due to the heating grid used to generate the entropy waves.
In this paper, existing one-dimensional theoretical models for the generation of direct and indirect noise are presented. The experimental details are then described. Experimental results are presented, and compared to the one-dimensional analytical model. The implications of this comparison are then discussed.
In the context of a combustor, direct noise refers to the noise directly generated by the unsteady heat release. This process is accompanied by the generation of flow disturbances, such as entropic and compositional inhomogeneities. In this paper, we call “direct” the acoustic waves generated as a direct consequence of the localized unsteady heat release or fluid injection (as is the case in the present experiments). These waves would be generated even in a semi-infinite cylinder (where there is no acceleration or deceleration downstream of the localized perturbation).
Durán et al.  derived a simple one-dimensional model for the direct noise produced by a heating grid by considering the waves generated by a compact source of linear heat perturbations in the presence of a mean flow. By expressing this heat perturbation as a jump condition, they showed that such a source generates forward and backward acoustic waves, of which the amplitudes and are a function of the mean Mach number , which is assumed to be constant across the jump, as well as the heat release perturbation. In addition, the heat perturbation leads to an entropy wave σ, which is convected with the mean flow. The assumption of compactness (i.e., the length of the source is negligible compared to the wavelengths of interest) limits the applicability of this result to low-frequency perturbations.
where A is the cross-sectional area of the main tube, and , and THe are the mass flow rate, specific heat capacity, and temperature of the injected helium. Combining Eqs. (4) and (5) shows that the pressure fluctuation resulting from the helium injection is expected to be proportional to the helium mass flow rate.
where and are the Mach numbers upstream and downstream of the nozzle, respectively.
The limit case of a choked or supersonic nozzle is obtained by considering the case where . The total indirect noise is then a combination of the entropy and compositional noise:
Reverberation occurs when a given acoustic signal is repeatedly reflected within a short period of time, causing a large number of reflections to build up, and modifying the acoustic pressure.
For example, one can consider the one-dimensional case of a cavity: two walls separated by a distance L. A square acoustic pulse is generated at the first wall, from t = 0 to . The acoustic wave thus generated will propagate toward the other wall at the speed of sound . Once it reaches the wall, it will be reflected back toward the first wall, get reflected toward the second wall, get reflected toward the first wall once again, etc. If the time taken for an acoustic wave to be reflected back to its original position is smaller than the duration of the acoustic pulse tp, then the successive reflections will be superimposed with the acoustic wave being simultaneously generated. As a result, the acoustic pressure will “build up” throughout the duration of the acoustic pulse.
Owing to limitations in the experimental setup, entropy wave generators such as the one presented in this study often operate at very low frequencies (typically less than 10 Hz). If the boundaries of the EWG are highly reflective, this may lead to reverberation, whereby the sound pressure in the EWG builds up as a given acoustic wave is repeatedly reflected while the sound source is still active.
If the only acoustic sources in the system are direct and indirect noise, then the acoustic pressure can be taken as the sum of direct and indirect noise: owing to the superposition principle (Fig. 1).
The equations above can be applied to the example of a one-dimensional cavity of width L = 1 m, where the walls have reflection coefficients and . We consider a square acoustic pulse of duration tp = 100 ms and of amplitude (corresponding to a pressure fluctuation of roughly 70 Pa in air at atmospheric conditions). At atmospheric conditions, we have ms , and reverberation occurs. The resulting acoustic pressure is shown in Fig. 2, along with the square acoustic pulse (without acoustic reflections) for reference.
Clearly, the reverberated pressure is much higher than would be expected if no acoustic reflections occurred—in this example, the peak of the acoustic signal is amplified by a factor of roughly 20. The acoustic pressure rises while the acoustic source is active (from t = 0 to ). If the source is kept active for long enough, the acoustic pressure will eventually converge toward a limit, which is a balance between the acoustic energy being generated, and the losses at walls (since ). The discontinuities in the pressure signal correspond to the successive reflections of the square wave, and are spaced by a time delay T. Once the source is switched off at ms, the acoustic pressure decays as the acoustic energy slowly leaves the system.
The experiment is conducted using the Cambridge entropy wave generator rig, in a configuration similar to that described in Ref. . The aim of this setup is to detect and separate artificially generated direct and indirect noise. The main difference from previous experiments is that the entropy wave is now generated by injecting a fluctuating mass flow of helium into a main flow of air, which also generates a compositional wave. The tube is terminated with a choked nozzle (reaching a Mach number of 1), with a throat diameter of 4 mm. The nozzle has a linear geometric profile with a length of 40 mm, and can be considered acoustically compact for the perturbation frequencies of concern in this study.
The Cambridge entropy wave generator rig is shown schematically in Fig. 3. Air flows through a straight tube of length L at a controlled rate. A secondary flow of helium is dispensed into the flow radially at some distance Lc upstream of the outlet. The gas mixture exits via an outlet, which consists of a choked nozzle. Dynamic pressure measurements are carried out using flush mounted pressure transducers.
The primary air flow is supplied via the laboratory's compressed-air delivery system, and fed through a 250 L tank to dampen out undesirable acoustic oscillations. The flow is controlled using a pressure regulator and a mass flow controller (Alicat MCR500), and connected to the straight tube via a 12 mm flexible polyvinyl chloride hose. The tube itself consists of a polyvinyl chloride tube with a diameter of 42.6 mm.
The secondary flow consists of helium (>99.996% purity) delivered at room temperature by a 200 bar bottle fitted with a two-stage pressure regulator. The helium is injected radially into the main tube using a fast-switching solenoid valve (ASCO Numatics HSM2L7H50V). Given that the valve orifice size is fixed, the amount of injected gas can be varied by modifying the pressure upstream of the solenoid valve, which is achieved using a pressure regulator. The mass flow rate and temperature of the injected gas are monitored using a mass flow meter (Alicat MCR250). The valve is connected to the straight duct via a 0.1 m length of flexible tubing with a 2 mm inner diameter.
Acoustic pressure measurements are carried out using a pair of Kulite XTE-190(M) piezoresistive pressure transducers, flush mounted at distances L1 = 0.8 m and L2 = 1.2 m of the inlet. The absolute pressure is recorded using a Kulite XT-140M piezoresistive pressure transducer, which is mounted at a distance L2 from the inlet. The transducer signals are amplified using a Flyde FE-379-TA amplifier, and acquired using a NI-2090 DAQ box connected to a NI PCI-5259 card. The signal is sampled at 8192 Hz with a 16-bit resolution.
The raw pressure signal is phase-averaged for 100 helium pulses, and filtered to eliminate oscillations at 50 Hz (power frequency signal), as well as frequency components above 400 Hz (far above the frequencies of interest here).
For this study, three different experimental configurations (A, B, and C) are examined, with eight experimental cases in total. For each of these configurations, the mass flow rate of air flow rate is varied from 5.92 to 9.87 g s−1, at a temperature of 294 K on average. In all cases, the Mach number inside the tube is . In each case, helium is injected in pulses lasting tp = 100 ms with a period of 4 s, at five different flow rates (0.027, 0.055, 0.082, 0.109, 0.136 g s−1), at a temperature of 296 K on average. Each test is repeated for 100 pulses.
In configuration A, the length of the tube is extended to 62.6 m using 60 m of flexible tubing of an identical inner diameter. Given the very long length of this system, the acoustic time-scale ( s) is much larger than the pulse duration (100 ms), meaning that reverberation of the acoustic signal will not occur. Additionally, the convective distance Lc from the point of helium injection to the outlet is large, meaning that the convective time delay τc is much larger than the pulse duration, meaning that direct and indirect noise will not interact. These two factors enable the pressure transducers to measure the amplitudes of the direct noise waves resulting from the injection process. The transducers p1 and p2 measure and , respectively. This configuration is designed to assess the validity of the direct noise model.
In configuration B, the length of the tube is 1.6 m, corresponding to an acoustic time-scale of ms, shorter than the pulse duration, meaning that reverberation occurs. The convective distance Lc from the point of helium injection to the outlet is much smaller than in configuration A, and direct and indirect noise can be expected to interact. This configuration is designed to examine the validity of the reverberation model.
Finally, in configuration C, the injector is placed at a small distance Li = 0.05 m upstream of the nozzle. The convective distance Lc from the point of helium injection to the outlet is extremely short, meaning that direct and indirect noise are generated simultaneously. In addition, dispersion and diffusion of the helium disturbance can be expected to be far less pronounced than in configurations A and B. This configuration is designed to verify the applicability of the indirect noise models.
A summary of the operating conditions for each of the eight experimental cases is presented in Table 1.
|Case||Lc (m)||L (m)||(kPa)||(g s−1)||(g s−1)|
|A1||61.65||62.6||199.0||5.92||For each case: 0.027, 0.055, 0.082, 0.109, 0.136|
|Case||Lc (m)||L (m)||(kPa)||(g s−1)||(g s−1)|
|A1||61.65||62.6||199.0||5.92||For each case: 0.027, 0.055, 0.082, 0.109, 0.136|
Configuration A: Direct Noise.
In this configuration, transducers at locations p1 and p2 are used to measure the acoustic waves resulting from the helium injection. In a one-dimensional framework, the transducer p1 upstream of the injection point measures the backward-propagating direct noise wave . After a very short time (roughly ms), the wave is reflected at the inlet with an amplitude . Since the reflection delay is much smaller than the pulse duration tp = 100 ms, the transducer effectively measures the pressure fluctuation corresponding to the passage of a wave of amplitude . Similarly, the transducer p2 measures the pressure fluctuation corresponding to ; the resulting pressure trace is shown in Fig. 4.
The first pulse in Fig. 4 coincides with the valve pulse signal (from t = 0 to t = 100 ms), and corresponds to the direct noise generated by the helium injection. At intervals of , this acoustic wave is reflected back to its original position, and measured once again. The fact that reflected signals are of the same sign as the original pulse show that the nozzle reflection coefficient R2 is positive (as expected).
Given the amplitude of the first pulse , the amplitude of the following pulse is roughly , where is a loss coefficient due to acoustic dissipation in the tube. The amplitudes of the following pulses are simply , etc.
In the first acoustic pulse, the pressure fluctuation quickly reaches a maximum value, then decreases steadily until t = tp when it falls to zero. This is consistent with the 1D direct noise model presented in Sec. 2, which suggests that the acoustic pressure fluctuation is proportional to the injected mass flow rate of helium. Indeed, the helium mass flow rate is at a maximum when the solenoid valve is opened, and the pressure upstream of the valve is at its maximum. As the helium flows, the pressure upstream of the valve decreases from its original value too quickly for the pressure regulator to correct for, resulting in a lower acoustic pressure in the tube.
Finally, as the mass flow rate of injected helium is increased, the acoustic pressure fluctuation increases. The measured pressure fluctuation corresponding to the direct noise pulse is plotted as a function of injected energy flux in Fig. 5, and compared to the 1D acoustic model assuming .
The direct noise amplitude is consistently underestimated by the 1D theoretical model. However, the model correctly predicts the linear relationship between acoustic pressure and injected energy flux; they appear to be related by proportionality coefficient independent of the mean pressure. The apparent proportionality coefficient in the experimental results is 23% larger than predicted by the theoretical model.
The discrepancy between the theoretical direct noise model and the experimental results is not entirely surprising, as some sources of noise are not included in the theoretical model. Indeed, while the effects of mass, momentum, and energy addition are taken into account, other aspects of the injection (formation of a jet, vorticity generation) are not considered since the model is 1D. Most importantly, the injected helium decelerates and depressurizes as it is adjusts to the mean flow in the duct. These changes are accompanied by changes in the chemical potential function and Mach number, which drive the generation of entropic and compositional noise (see Eqs. (6) and (8)). As such, the noise generated at the injection location is likely to be a sum of direct and indirect noise.
A corrected direct noise model can be adopted by correcting the theoretical model to match the experimental results. This is done by multiplying the output of the theoretical model by 1.23 (to match the proportionately coefficient). This “experimental direct noise model” is used throughout the rest of the work so that the mismatch here does not affect the rest of the analysis.
Configuration B: Reverberation.
Unlike configuration A, the tube length L in configuration B is short enough for reverberation to occur. We also expect some indirect noise to be generated as the helium disturbance is convected through the nozzle. The acoustic pressure measurements for cases B1, B2, and B3 for a range of helium flow rates are shown in Fig. 6. As the helium mass flow rate is increased, the amplitude of the acoustic pressure fluctuation increases, which is consistent with cases A1 and A2. As a result, the acoustic signal is amplified (by a factor of roughly 20 compared to cases A1 and A2).
The aspect of the pressure signal can be explained by considering the pulse duration tp and convective time delay τc. During the valve pulse signal (from t = 0 to ms), the acoustic pressure rises continuously. This is due to the reverberation of the direct noise signal, and is consistent with Eq. (9). Once this acoustic source is switched off at t = tp, the acoustic pressure decays exponentially, as suggested by Eq. (11). At (when the helium reaches the choked nozzle), there is a considerable change in slope in the pressure signal. Once the disturbance has been completely convected through the nozzle (at ), the signal appears to decay at a more moderate rate once again.
Based on this analysis, it is apparent that the acoustic signal visible from t = 0 to is entirely due to direct noise (or other noise accompanying the helium injection). Equation (11) shows how this signal is expected to decay as a function of the direct noise wave amplitudes and (which can be obtained using the experimental direct noise model), the length of the system L, and the product of reflection coefficients . An estimation of can be obtained by fitting the pressure signal predicted by Eq. (11) to the experimental signal, as shown in Fig. 7.
There is good agreement between the experimental signal and the direct noise reverberation decay model for (the value ranges from 0.981 to 0.985 depending on the experimental case). The left hand side of Fig. 7 shows how that the decay rate is very sensitive to the value of , suggesting that our estimation of this value is likely to be precise. This result is consistent with the fact that a choked nozzle acts as a velocity node, and the mass flow rate at the inlet is fixed, meaning that both R1 and R2 can be expected to be close to unity.
The decay model enables us to extrapolate the decay of the experimental signal for direct noise beyond , at which the experimental signal becomes a combination of direct and indirect noise. As such, the direct noise measured experimentally can be “reconstructed,” as shown on the right-hand side of Fig. 7.
Using the superposition principle, we can now identify which portion of the measured acoustic pressure is not due to direct noise by subtraction. In our case, the only other source of noise is indirect noise such that . As such, the indirect noise signal can be extracted from the experimental signal, as shown in Fig. 8.
As expected, the indirect noise appears to start around in all cases. The magnitude of the indirect pressure increases continuously for roughly 100 ms (the pulse duration), following which it decays toward 0. The amplitude of the indirect noise increases with the mass flow rate of helium injected.
Configuration C: Indirect Noise.
Configuration C is similar to configuration B, except that the point of injection is now directly upstream of the nozzle, with a small convective time delay. As a result, one would expect direct and indirect noise to be almost completely merged. Since the tube length and reflection coefficients of the system are unchanged, the effect of reverberation should be identical to that in configuration B. The experimental measurement of the acoustic pressure for cases C1, C2, and C3 is plotted in Fig. 9.
The peak pressure is lower than for the corresponding operating conditions in configuration B. Indeed, the indirect noise (negative) and direct noise (positive) are now generated almost simultaneously, leading to destructive interference. From t = 0 to ms, the pressure rises sharply due to the direct noise. Once the helium disturbance starts convecting through the nozzle at , the slope of the acoustic pressure signal decreases (negative interference). As the valve is closed at ms, the direct noise ceases, and the acoustic pressure starts to decrease. This decrease occurs faster once indirect noise is no longer generated from onward.
Once again, the direct noise can be reconstructed using the reflection coefficient product measured in Sec. 4.2, and the indirect noise can be extracted from the experimental signal. These are plotted as a function of time in Fig. 10.
Unlike configuration B, the indirect noise signal extracted from the experimental data now starts closer to t = 0, owing to the shorter convective delay τc. The small differences in amplitude of the reconstructed direct noise in configurations B (Fig. 8) and C (Fig. 10) are due to the slight variations in the helium flow rates achieved for each experiment.
The analytical formulas presented in 2 can be combined to provide a single theoretical model for the acoustic pressure resulting from the helium injection. This is shown diagrammatically in Fig. 11. The results of this model can be compared directly to the experimental results. The mass, momentum, energy, and compositional fluctuations ( and ) corresponding to the helium injection are known for the experimental cases. The direct noise model (shown in Eq. (2) and corrected as shown in Sec. 4.1) can then be used to obtain values for the direct noise acoustic waves and . The amplitudes of the entropy (σ) and compositional (ξ) waves generated by the injection of helium can also be obtained from Eq. (2). The indirect acoustic waves ( an ) corresponding to these disturbances can be computed using the compact nozzle transfer functions shown in Eqs. (6) and (8). The reflection coefficients of the system R1 and R2 can be obtained from the experimental data as shown in Sec. 4.2. The pulse length tp and acoustic time-scales of the system T and τc are known. These parameters can then be used in the reverberation model, obtaining separate signals for the direct noise (), entropy noise (), and compositional noise (). The overall acoustic pressure fluctuation corresponds to the sum of these signals.
The analytical results obtained for cases B1, B2, and B3 are shown in Fig. 12, along with the corresponding experimental signals for reference. The overall shape and trend of the acoustic pressure signal are correctly recovered by the analytical model. At first, the pressure rises sharply due to the direct noise, reaching a maximum at t = tp. This peak is correctly reproduced by the analytical model. The direct noise then decays exponentially, identically to the experimental signal. Indirect noise is generated at , and interacts de-constructively with the direct noise signal, as they are of opposite signs. In the experimental signal, this interaction results in a positive pressure “plateau.” In the analytical result, this behavior is recovered, although the plateau is now close to 0 Pa; the direct noise and indirect noise appear to cancel out almost exactly. This suggests that the indirect noise is slightly overpredicted compared to the experiment.
Comparing Figs. 8 and 12 (right) confirms that the indirect noise is overpredicted. This is expected. Indeed, as the helium disturbance is convected from the injection point to the nozzle, one would expect for it to diffuse and disperse (due to the two-dimensional velocity profile). As a result, the amplitude of the entropic and compositional fluctuations σ and ξ is expected to decrease, which would lead to a lower indirect noise signal. The diffusion and dispersion of the helium disturbance is not taken into account here, which partly explains this discrepancy. Furthermore, the indirect noise obtained analytically has a “sharp” aspect: it rises very sharply toward a maximum peak value. This behavior is not present in the experimental reconstruction of the indirect noise signal, which appears to rise more “smoothly.” Once again, this can be explained by the effect of convection on the helium disturbance. Indeed, while the helium pulse is assumed to be perfectly square in the analytical model, in reality the dispersion and diffusion processes smooth out the shape of the pulse, which can be expected to resemble a Gaussian once it reaches the nozzle.
The analytical results obtained for cases C1, C2, and C3 are shown in Fig. 13, along with the corresponding experimental signals for reference. Once again, the overall shape and trend of each signal are correctly predicted. Comparing Figs. 10 and 13 (right) shows that the indirect noise is once again slightly overpredicted (although less so than in cases B1, B2, and B3). This explains why the pressure peak predicted by the analytical model is slightly lower than in the experiment, as the overestimation of indirect noise leads to a reduction in overall acoustic pressure. However, unlike cases B1, B2, and B3, the shape of the indirect noise signal is correctly predicted. This is due to the fact that the helium injection location is now directly upstream of the nozzle, and the convection distance m is too short for significant diffusion or dispersion to occur.
The indirect noise signal obtained analytically is the sum of entropy and compositional noise signals. Their contributions to the overall indirect noise are shown in Fig. 14 for cases C1, C2, and C3. The entropy noise is negative, while the compositional is positive. However, the entropy noise is more significant than the compositional noise in the cases presented here, so the overall indirect noise pressure signal is negative. Although this is not immediately apparent from observing the overall acoustic pressure signal for configuration C, this suggests that the entropy noise is actually more significant than the direct noise (though this is partially attenuated due to the compositional noise).
Figure 15 shows a comparison between the experimental and analytical results for the peak acoustic pressure for direct and indirect noise. The direct noise comparison is based on configuration B, in which the direct noise peak is not affected by the indirect noise (which is not the case configuration C). Conversely, the indirect noise comparison is based on configuration C, where the effect of convection between the valve and the nozzle does not need to be taken into account.
The direct noise comparison shows that there is very good agreement between the experimental and analytical results. The direct noise acoustic wave amplitudes are obtained directly from experimental measurements (cases A1 and A2), as explained in Sec. 4.1. As shown in Fig. 11, the only model used to obtain the analytical results is then the reverberation model. As such, the agreement between the experimental results and the analytical results suggests that the reverberation model is accurately capturing the physics of the experiment correctly.
The indirect noise comparison shows a relatively good agreement between the experimental and analytical results. Notably, the experimental data show that indirect noise pressure peak increases nearly linearly with the injected energy flux , which is consistent with the analytical results. The difference between the analytical and experimental results is roughly 7%. Since the reverberation model appears to be accurate (based on the excellent agreement for the direct noise), this discrepancy is likely to be related to another part of the analytical model. As such, the error could be due to one of the nozzle transfer functions employed (Eqs. (6) and (8)), and/or the entropy and compositional wave amplitudes computed using Eq. (2). Alternatively, the mismatch could be the result of an additional effect not accounted for in the theoretical model.
A series of experiments has been performed to quantify the amount of direct noise, entropy noise, and compositional noise resulting from the injection and convection of helium disturbances through a choked nozzle. The results of these experiments are compared to an analytical model.
In configuration A, the dimensions of the experimental setup enable the direct noise to be measured without any indirect noise. As predicted by 1D theory, the direct noise is directly proportional to the amount of helium, which is injected. The proportionality coefficient is underestimated by the analytical model. This discrepancy is attributed to noise sources not taken into account in the 1D model, namely those related to the formation of a jet, vortices, and the effect of a two-dimensional velocity profile.
In configurations B and C, the dimensions of the system are set such that both direct noise and indirect noise are generated. In addition, the pressure measurements are affected by acoustic reverberation, whereby the acoustic energy accumulates while the acoustic sources are active, and decays exponentially when they are deactivated. A time delay analysis is carried out to identify and separate the contributions of direct and indirect noise to the overall pressure signal. These are then compared directly with the analytical model direct and indirect noise.
The direct noise results are in excellent agreement, which suggests that the reverberation model is accurate. The indirect noise is overestimated in configuration B, but this difference is likely due to helium diffusion and dispersion along the duct (which is not the focus of this study). In configuration C, these effects are not present, and the analytically calculated indirect noise is very close to the experimental result. This suggests that the compact indirect noise transfer functions employed are representative of the behavior of the choked nozzle in the experiment.
While this is not directly visible in the experimental data, analytical results indicate that entropy noise is actually the dominant indirect noise source, while direct noise and indirect noise are of comparable amplitude for the operating conditions examined here.
Erwan Rolland is supported by an EPSRC DTA studentship (University of Cambridge), Francesca De Domenico is supported by the Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award and a Qualcomm/DTA Studentship (University of Cambridge).
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (DTA Studentship and Grant No. EP/K02924X/1).
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