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Engineering Formulations for Turbulence Modeling of Variable Surface Roughness…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A122-075-0042
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-075
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Engineering Formulations for Turbulence Modeling of Variable Surface Roughness Effects in Wall-Bounded Flows
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0001
Award Amount: $149,830.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed effort has the objective to develop a method for representing the influence of surface roughness on turbulent transport. The method is designed for highly non-equilibrium flows, as occurs on helicopter rotors, and in other engineering applications. It is based on the displacement of origin approach, which is a way to incorporate roughness into Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) turbulence models via modified boundary conditions: it is our objective to devise an approach that is useable with standard engineering meshes and CFD methods. Further, the methodology also contains a formulation for intermittency, suitable for rough-wall boundary layers, to blend between laminar and fully turbulent states. The model will be validated against experimental data for abruptly changing surface roughness. Additional experiments will be conducted under this SBIR Phase I program to address the type of roughness that is found on rotors operated in harsh environments, and with protective coatings. While the acquired data is directly relevant to this application, it will also be of fundamental, benchmark type.

Principal Investigator:

Jacob George
Senior Scientist
(949) 553-0688
jageorge@metrolaserinc.com

Business Contact:

Cecil Hess
President
(949) 553-0688
cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MetroLaser, Inc.
8 Chrysler Irvine, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330584881
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No