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High-Reynolds Number Transitional Flow Prediction using a Coupled Discontinuous-Galerkin RANS PSE Framework

TitleHigh-Reynolds Number Transitional Flow Prediction using a Coupled Discontinuous-Galerkin RANS PSE Framework
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHalila, GLO, Chen, G, Shi, Y, Fidkowski, KJ, Martins, JRRA, Mendonça, MT
Conference Name57th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Date Published01/2019
KeywordsDiscontinuous Galerkin, Parabolized Stability Equations (PSE), RANS modeling, Transition to turbulence
Abstract

The accurate prediction of transition is relevant for many aerodynamic analysis and design applications. Extending the laminar flow region over airframes is a potential way to reduce the skin friction drag, which in turn reduces fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions. This paper introduces a numerical framework that
allows for the inclusion of transition effects for high Reynolds number flows in a high-fidelity, Reynolds–Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) aerodynamic design framework. The CFD solver uses a discontinuous Galerkin (DG) finite element approach and includes goal-oriented adaptation. The Spalart-Allmaras (SA) turbulence
model is used for the closure of the governing equations. In the flow stability analysis, the nonlocal, nonparallel effects that characterize boundary layers are accounted for by using the Parabolized Stability Equations (PSE). Transition onset is obtained through an e^N method based on the PSE calculations, while a smooth intermittency
 function allows for the inclusion of the transition region length. Numerical results for the NLF(1)-0416 airfoil present very good agreement with experimental data.

DOI10.2514/6.2019-0974
Citation KeyHalila2019a