Metasurfaces for hypersonic flow control

Financing provider: National Natural Science Foundation of China
Scientific Manager: Ing. Tiziano Pagliaroli
Project description
Purpose: Metasurfaces are one of the new frontier of material science and engineering, finding widespread applications in a number of fields, including acoustics and aeroacoustics. The scientific research involves a novel metasurface specifically fabricated for the hypersonic flow transition control, together with a new strategy for metasurface characterization in the ultrasonic regime.
Instead of a conventional porous layer, the metasurface here presented consists in a flat plate with a set of regularly distributed sharp slots.
We experimentally observed that such a geometry significantly reduces the wall reflection coefficient, which is known to play a fundamental role in the boundary layer transition phenomenon. Numerical simulations led us to interpret the incident wave scattering as the underlying mechanism related to the observed reflection coefficient reduction. The metasurface characterization has been carried out by comparing the conventional reflection coefficient in the Fourier domain with an innovative wavelet transform-based strategy.
Results: The main characteristic of the project metasurface are: minor manufacturing time by keeping constant the porosity, opportunity to achieve higher value of porosity, equal reflection coefficient for the same porosity, different interaction mechanism with the ultrasonic disturbances than the more common UAC.
More interesting, we have put in evidence how a multiresolution approach, like that here proposed, can be highly promising as characterization tool for further metasurfaces with a more complex and multi-scale geometry, being wavelets able to capture the multiscale behaviour of the reflected wave, overcoming the well-known limits of Fourier-based strategies of data analysis.
Other Partners: China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics – Beijing (China)
Total Founding: € 10.000,00
Start Date: 01.01.2018
End Date: 01.12.2018


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