Effects of open-loop and closed-loop control on subsonic cavity flows

J. Little, M. Debiasi, E. Caraballo, M. Samimy

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This work presents an experimental investigation of the effects of open- and closed-loop control techniques on the flow structure and surface pressure signature in subsonic cavity flows. The cases include the uncontrolled (baseline) Mach 0.30 flow over a shallow cavity of aspect ratio 4 with Reynolds number based on the cavity depth of 105, and four actively controlled flows. The controlled cases include open-loop at two discrete frequencies and two closed-loop cases: parallel proportional with time delay and reduced-order model-based linear quadratic. Measurements and analyses include particle image velocimetry, spectra and spectrograms of surface pressure and velocity fluctuations, flow visualization, and proper orthogonal decomposition. Data are presented and analyzed in an effort to better understand the behavior of the cavity flow in response to a variety of actuation cases. Results show that both open- and closed-loop control have significant effects on the flow dynamics and surface pressure behavior. In addition, the results reveal substantial differences between the effects of each type of open-loop and closed-loop control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number065104
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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