Experiments on the unsteady ground vortex

John Michael Cimbala, Donald P. Gaublomme, David R. Stinebring, Michael L. Billet

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    The ground vortex formed by a jet impinging on the ground in the presence of a cross flow has been studied experimentally. High speed motion pictures and spectral measurements were obtained to study the unsteady features of this flowfield. A very low frequency "puffing" action was observed. Since this unsteadiness could not be correlated with any other oscillations in the flowfield, the low frequency oscillations must come from the gross features of the ground vortex itself. Namely, jet fluid accumulates in the ground vortex until the vortex is so large that the flowfield breaks up, the ground vortex is swept away, a new smaller vortex forms, and the process repeats itself.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1989
    EventAerospace Technology Conference and Exposition - Anaheim, CA, United States
    Duration: Sep 25 1989Sep 28 1989


    OtherAerospace Technology Conference and Exposition
    CountryUnited States
    CityAnaheim, CA


    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Automotive Engineering
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Pollution
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Cimbala, J. M., Gaublomme, D. P., Stinebring, D. R., & Billet, M. L. (1989). Experiments on the unsteady ground vortex. Paper presented at Aerospace Technology Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, United States. https://doi.org/10.4271/892281