Computational Wind Tunnel: A Design Tool for Rotorcraft
During initial design studies, parametric variation of vehicle geometry
is routine. In addition, rotorcraft engineers traditionally use the wind tunnel to evaluate and finalize designs. Estimation of rotor tunnel
blockage is significantly more complex than bluff body corrections as the correction depends on operational characteristics such as rotor RPM and thrust produced.
This proposal offers to develop an Integrated Design Environment (IDE) which can simulate a complete rotorcraft with or without wind tunnel walls including all the facility effects.
At the heart of the innovation are:
1. An automated hybrid grid generator (viscous grids near the bodies and
unstructured Cartesian grid everywhere else).
2. A robust and economical incompressible flow solver for the entire system of grids.
3. Momentum source based rotor model that is suitable and economical
for simulating configurations with multiple rotors.
In Phase I, the proof-of-concept developed used unstructured Cartesian
grid for the model and wind tunnel. In phase II, the tool will be extended
to hybrid grid with viscous grid near solid surfaces and will include several tools including a simple CAD like geometry manipulation tool and pre- and post-processing tools all integrated in one environment to facilitate ease of use.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Sukra Helitek, Inc.
3146 Greenwood Road Ames, IA 50014
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