The primary objective of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of a 3D potential/viscous flow coupling procedure for reducing computational effort while maintaining solution accuracy. The closed-loop, overlapped, velocity-coupling concept has been developed in a new code, ZAP3D, that couples a potential flow panel code with a Navier-Stokes method. The current ZAP3D calculation for an aspect ratio 5 wing with an outer domain radius of about 1.2 chords represents a speed-up in CPU time over the ARC3D large domain calculation by about a factor of 2.5. This improvement is achieved for less than a 0.5 percent deviation in C(L), 10 counts change in C(D), and 0.0015 variation in C(My). Additional reductions in the required computational domain for ZAP3D are expected as the method is further developed and refined.
AIAA PAPER 93-3433
In: AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 11th, Monterey, CA, Aug. 9-11, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 1 (A93-47201 19-02); p. 282-289.