The characteristic aerodynamics of inlets in a fuselage-embedded propulsion system of an air-vehicle vary from one configuration to other, making it necessary to document the performance of each and every type of inlet in various flight conditions. This paper focuses on the internal performance evaluation of a baseline S-duct diffuser for a future parametric investigation of a generic S-duct inlet. The generic baseline was a rectangular-entrance, transitioning S-duct diffuser in high subsonic (Mach number > 0.8) flow. The test section was manufactured using rapid prototyping for facilitating a future parametric investigation of geometry. Streamwise static pressure and exit-plane total pressure were measured in a test-rig using surface pressure taps and a 5-probe rotating rake, respectively and was simulated through computational fluid dynamics. The investigation indicated the presence of streamwise and circumferential pressure gradients leading to three dimensional flow in the S-duct diffuser and distortion at the exit plane. Total pressure losses and circumferential and radial distortions at the exit plane were higher than that of the podded nacelle type of inlet. The work represents the beginning of the development of a database for the performance of a particular type of generic inlet. This database will be useful for predicting the performance of aero-engines and air vehicles in high subsonic flight.
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Performance Evaluation of an S-Duct Diffuser of a Flight-Vehicle Inlet in High-Subsonic Flow
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Asghar, A, Stowe, RA, Allan, WDE, & Alexander, D. "Performance Evaluation of an S-Duct Diffuser of a Flight-Vehicle Inlet in High-Subsonic Flow." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2015: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Fans and Blowers; Marine. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 15–19, 2015. V001T01A027. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2015-43740
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