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dc.contributor.authorHoopes, Kevin M.en_US
dc.description.abstractJet engines operate by ingesting incoming air, adding momentum to it, and exhausting it through a nozzle to produce thrust. Because of their reliance on an inlet stream, jet engines are very sensitive to inlet flow nonuniformities. This makes the study of the effects of inlet nonuniformities essential to improving jet engine performance. Swirl distortion is the presence of flow angle nonuniformity in the inlet stream of a jet engine. Although several attempts have been made to accurately reproduce swirl distortion profiles in a testing environment, there has yet to be a proven method to do so.

A new method capable of recreating any arbitrary swirl distortion profile is needed in order to expand the capabilities of inlet distortion testing. This will allow designers to explore how an engine would react to a particular engine airframe combination as well as methods for creating swirl distortion tolerant engines. The following material will present such a method as well as experimental validation of its effectiveness.
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectSwirl Inlet Distortionen_US
dc.subjectSwirl Inlet Distortion Generationen_US
dc.titleA New Method for Generating Swirl Inlet Distortion for Jet Engine Researchen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US of Scienceen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairO'Brien, Walter F. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLowe, Kevin T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWilliams, Christopher Bryanten_US

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