Volume 9, 2017Progress in Flight Physics
|Page(s)||43 - 80|
|Published online||20 June 2017|
Computational fluid dynamics challenges for hybrid air vehicle applications
Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, School of Engineering University of Glasgow James Watt South Building, Glasgow G12 8QQ, U.K.
2 Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. 1 Hangar, Cardington Airfield, Shortstown, Bedford MK42 0TG, U.K.
This paper begins by comparing turbulence models for the prediction of hybrid air vehicle (HAV) flows. A 6 : 1 prolate spheroid is employed for validation of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method. An analysis of turbulent quantities is presented and the Shear Stress Transport (SST) k-ω model is compared against a k-ω Explicit Algebraic Stress model (EASM) within the unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) framework. Further comparisons involve Scale Adaptative Simulation models and a local transition transport model. The results show that the flow around the vehicle at low pitch angles is sensitive to transition effects. At high pitch angles, the vortices generated on the suction side provide substantial lift augmentation and are better resolved by EASMs. The validated CFD method is employed for the flow around a shape similar to the Airlander aircraft of Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. The sensitivity of the transition location to the Reynolds number is demonstrated and the role of each vehicle£s component is analyzed. It was found that the ¦ns contributed the most to increase the lift and drag.
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