Computational Wind Tunnel: A Design Tool for Rotorcraft

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$598,888.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA03C
Award Id:
87912
Agency Tracking Number:
075127
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3146 Greenwood Road, Ames, IA, 50014
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877929125
Principal Investigator:
Angela Lestari
Principal Investigator
(515) 292-9646
nappi@sukra-helitek.com
Business Contact:
R. Nappinnai
Business Official
(515) 292-9646
nappi@sukra-helitek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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