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Metamaterials for hypersonic flow control: Experimental tests on novel ultrasonically absorptive coatings

TitleMetamaterials for hypersonic flow control: Experimental tests on novel ultrasonically absorptive coatings
Publication TypePresentazione a Congresso
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPagliaroli, T., Patanè F., Pagliaro A., Lv P., and Tatì Angelo
Conference Name5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace, MetroAeroSpace 2018 - Proceedings
KeywordsAbsorptive coatings, Acoustic scattering problem, Acoustic wave scattering, Aeroacoustics, Atmospheric thermodynamics, Boundary layer flow, Boundary layer transitions, Coatings, Cylindrical cavities, flow control, fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Heat transfer rate, Hypersonic boundary layers, Hypersonic flow, Incident ultrasonic waves, Laminar boundary layer, laminar flow, Metamaterials, turbulence, Turbulent boundary layers, Type of technology, Ultrasonic waves

Since the drag and heat transfer rates in hypersonic turbulent boundary layer can be several times higher than those of a laminar one, different strategies to delay the transition from laminar to turbulent boundary layer are currently investigated. One possibility to delay the transition is by using porous surfaces called ultrasonically absorptive coating (UAC). This type of metamaterial scatters the ultrasonic waves propagating within the laminar boundary layer that promote the transition. The acoustic scattering problem affects the design of UAC for hypersonic laminar flow control. The present research is focused on the experimental studies to custom-make and test a novel UAC concept. A comparison between a conventional and a novel UAC has been performed to investigate the effectiveness of the innovative concept herein proposed. The conventional UAC, constructed according to the theoretical prescription, is based on cylindrical cavities, whereas the new strategy consists in a flat plate where the top surface is characterized by a regular distributed pyramidal pattern. The main idea is to promote the scattering of the incident ultrasonic wave to inhibit the boundary layer transition precursors. The proposed surface machining also allows to reduce the overall processing time, which is a primary requirement for the engineering of this type of technology. For the sake of completeness, another UAC geometry that can be considered a middle ground between the classical and the novel one is investigated, tested and discussed. To the best of our knowledge the control approach proposed in the present manuscript is a no man's land in the field of hypersonic fluid mechanics. © 2018 IEEE.

Citation KeyPagliaroli2018284