The shock-vortex interaction: The origins of the acoustic wave

Janet L Ellzey, Michael R Henneke
1997 Fluid Dynamics Research  
In this paper we discuss the mechanisms responsible for the formation of the acoustic wave when a shock interacts with a vortex. Experimental measurements have shown that this interaction produces a primarily quadrupolar acoustic wave with a strong compression attached to the shock front. We review earlier work which shows that this strong compression is due to the distortion of the shock. The origin of the quadrupolar component is examined by comparing two-dimensional computations of the
more » ... vortex interaction to those of an isolated elliptical vortex. The elliptical vortex is similar to the compressed vortex produced when a shock interacts with an initially circular vortex. We concentrate on interactions in which the shock transit time is short. The pressure field of the shock-vortex interaction is compared to that of an analogous isolated elliptical vortex for three cases: a weak shock interacting with a weak vortex, a strong shock interacting with a weak vortex, and a strong shock interacting with a strong vortex. Our results indicate that both shock distortion and vortex compression are important to the formation of the acoustic wave.
doi:10.1016/s0169-5983(97)00006-3 fatcat:wefuhupitbhmheygsvyql6cgt4