The regimes of twin-fluid jet-in-crossflow at atmospheric and jet-engine operating conditions

Zu Puayen Tan*, Oleksandr Bibik, Dmitriy Shcherbik, Ben T. Zinn, Nayan Patel

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The "Twin-Fluid Jet-in-Crossflow (TF-JICF)" is a nascent variation of the classical JICF, in which a liquid jet is co-injected with an annular sleeve of gas into a gaseous crossflow. Jet-engine designers are interested in using TF-JICF for liquid-fuel injection and atomization in the next-generation combustors because it is expected to minimize combustor-damaging auto-ignition and fuel-coking tendencies. However, experimental data of TF-JICF are sparse. Furthermore, a widely accepted TF-JICF model that correlates the spray's penetration to the combined liquid-gas momentum-flux ratio (Jeff) is increasingly showing discrepancy with emerging results, suggesting a gap in the current understanding of TF-JICF. This paper describes an investigation that addressed the gap by experimentally characterizing the TF-JICF produced by a single injector across wide ranges of operating conditions (i.e., jet-A injectant, crossflow of air, crossflow Weber number = 175-1050, crossflow pressure Pcf = 1.8-9.5 atm, momentum-flux ratio J = 5-40, and air-nozzle dP = 0%-150% of Pcf). These covered the conditions previously used to develop the Jeff model, recently reported conditions that produced Jeff discrepancies, and high-pressure conditions found in jet-engines. Dye-based shadowgraph was used to acquire high-resolution (13.52 μm/pixel) images of the TF-JICF, which revealed wide-ranging characteristics such as the disrupted Rayleigh-Taylor jet instabilities, air-induced jet corrugations, spray-bifurcations, and prompt-atomization. Analyses of the data showed that contrary to the literature, the TF-JICF's penetration is not monotonically related to Jeff. A new conceptual framework for TF-JICF is proposed, where the flow configuration is composed of four regimes, each having different penetration trends, spray structures, and underlying mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025101
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018

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