The flow pattern in short inlet ducts with aggressive curvature has been shown to lead, in some cases, to an asymmetric flow field at the aerodynamic interface plane. In the present work, a two-dimensional honeycomb mesh was added upstream of the curved duct to create a pressure drop across it, and therefore to an increased velocity deficit in the boundary layer. This velocity deficit led to a stronger streamwise separation, overcoming the instability that can result in an asymmetric flow field at the aerodynamic interface plane. Experiments were conducted at Mach numbers of M = 0.2, 0.44 and 0.58 in an expanding aggressive duct with rectangle to a square cross section with area ratio of 1.27. Steady and unsteady pressure measurements, together with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), were used to explore the effect of the honeycomb on the symmetry of the flow field. The effect of inserting a honeycomb was tested by increasing its height from 0 to 2.2 times the boundary layer thickness of the baseline flow upstream of the curve. Using the honeycomb, flow symmetry was achieved for the specific geometrical configuration tested with a negligible decrease of the pressure recovery.
66th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Pittsburg, PA, November 24-26, 2013