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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2019-07-13
    Description: Unsteady flowfields of a two-dimensional oscillating airfoil are calculated using an implicit, finite-difference, Navier Stokes numerical scheme. Five widely used turbulence models are used with the numerical scheme to assess the accuracy and suitability of the models for simulating the retreating blade stall of helicopter rotor in forward flight. Three unsteady flow conditions corresponding to an essentially attached flow, light-stall, and deep-stall cases of an oscillating NACA 0015 wing experiment were chosen as test cases for computations. Results of unsteady airloads hysteresis curves, harmonics of unsteady pressures, and instantaneous flowfield patterns are presented. Some effects of grid density, time-step size, and numerical dissipation on the unsteady solutions relevant to the evaluation of turbulence models are examined. Comparison of unsteady airloads with experimental data show that all models tested are deficient in some sense and no single model predicts airloads consistently and in agreement with experiment for the three flow regimes. The chief findings are that the simple algebraic model based on the renormalization group theory (RNG) offers some improvement over the Baldwin Lomax model in all flow regimes with nearly same computational cost. The one-equation models provide significant improvement over the algebraic and the half-equation models but have their own limitations. The Baldwin-Barth model overpredicts separation and underpredicts reattachment. In contrast, the Spalart-Allmaras model underpredicts separation and overpredicts reattachment.
    Keywords: Aerodynamics
    Type: NASA-TM-111942 , NAS 1.15:111942 , Computers and Fluids (ISSN 0045-7930); 24; 7; 833-861
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  • 2
    Publication Date: 2019-07-13
    Description: Unsteady three-dimensional flowfields are calculated for the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at both free-flight cruise and wind tunnel conditions with a view to help in the design process of an acoustically quiet telescope cavity and to understand the flow physics of a three dimensional cavity. The calculation method is based on the numerical solution of thin layer Navier-Stokes equations on a Chimera overset grid system. The Boeing 747-200 aircraft is examined as one option for the SOFIA platform. The flowfield domain is composed of 45 grids consisting of over 4.1 million points. Numerical simulations are performed for both wind tunnel and free-flight cruise conditions at one freestream condition of M(infinity) = 0.85, alpha = 2.5 deg. Comparison of results from wind tunnel simulation show good agreement with experimental data for time-averaged surface pressures, drag for the empennage, and sound pressure levels and power spectra at various locations within the cavity and on the telescope. The presence of the open cavity induces an incremental drag increase, an increased acoustic radiation, and an increase in unsteady pressure loads on the telescope. Its impact on the effectiveness of aircraft control surfaces appears minimal.
    Keywords: Astronomy
    Type: NASA-TM-111252 , AIAA Paper 95-1862 , NAS 1.15:111252 , AIAA 13th Applied Aerodynamcis Conference; 19-22 Jun. 1995; San Diego, CA; United States
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  • 3
    Publication Date: 2019-07-18
    Description: The stratospheric observatory for infrared astronomy (SOFIA) is a 2.5 meter aperture Cassegrain telescope with a Nasmyth focus that will be housed in an open cavity in the Boeing 747-SP aircraft and operated at altitudes around 41,000 feet for infrared (IR) viewing of celestial events of astronomical nature. At these altitudes the IR viewing capability of SOFIA far exceeds that of any ground based system. To minimize IR transmission losses, SOFIA will operate with an open cavity. Such an open cavity during flight creates several challenging aerodynamic and aeroacoustic design problems. Foremost of these are: the shear layer over the cavity may cause unwanted resonance if the cavity is untreated; this might give rise to excessive sound pressure levels (SPL) in the cavity and thus affect the unsteady loads on the telescope; the unsteady flow within the cavity produces large dynamic loads and moments that will impact the pointing accuracy of the telescope; the open cavity and the shear layer control devices produce additional drag that will affect directly the time of flight of the mission; the aft location of the cavity down stream of port wing will affect the the flow on the aircraft control surfaces and thus the stability of the aircraft. Also, the highly turbulent shear layer over the cavity and the temperature gradients and 'hot spots' within the cavity can produce a wave front error of the image when it reaches the focal plane of the recorder.
    Keywords: Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    Type: 1997 ASME Fluids Engineering Conference; 22-26 Jun. 1997; Vancouver; Canada
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  • 4
    Publication Date: 2019-07-18
    Description: The usefulness of vortex-fitting in the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods to preserve the vortex strength and structure while convecting in a uniform free stream is demonstrated through the numerical simulations of two- and three-dimensional blade-vortex interactions. The fundamental premise of the formulation is the velocity and pressure field of the interacting vortex are unaltered either in the presence of an airfoil or a rotor blade or by the resulting nonlinear interactional flowfield. Although, the governing Euler and Navier-Stokes equations are nonlinear and independent solutions cannot be superposed, the interactional flowfield can be accurately captured by adding and subtracting the flowfield of the convecting vortex at each instant. The aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of two- and three-dimensional blade-vortex interactions have been calculated in Refs. 1-6 using this concept. Some of the results from these publications and similar other published material will be summarized in this paper.
    Keywords: Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
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  • 5
    Publication Date: 2019-07-18
    Description: The selection of an airborne platform for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is based not only on economic cost, but technical criteria, as well. Technical issues include aircraft fatigue, resonant characteristics of the cavity-port shear layer, aircraft stability, the drag penalty of the open telescope bay, and telescope performance. Recently, two versions of the Boeing 747 aircraft, viz., the -SP and -200 configurations, were evaluated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for their suitability as SOFIA platforms. In each configuration the telescope was mounted behind the wings in an open bay with nearly circular aperture. The geometry of the cavity, cavity aperture, and telescope was identical in both platforms. The aperture was located on the port side of the aircraft and the elevation angle of the telescope, measured with respect to the vertical axis, was 500. The unsteady, viscous, three-dimensional, aerodynamic and acoustic flow fields in the vicinity of SOFIA were simulated by an implicit, finite-difference Navier-Stokes flow solver (OVERFLOW) on a Chimera, overset grid system. The computational domain was discretized by structured grids. Computations were performed at wind-tunnel and flight Reynolds numbers corresponding to one free-stream flow condition (M = 0.85, angle of attack alpha = 2.50, and sideslip angle beta = 0 degrees). The computational domains consisted of twenty-nine(29) overset grids in the wind-tunnel simulations and forty-five(45) grids in the simulations run at cruise flight conditions. The maximum number of grid points in the simulations was approximately 4 x 10(exp 6). Issues considered in the evaluation study included analysis of the unsteady flow field in the cavity, the influence of the cavity on the flow across empennage surfaces, the drag penalty caused by the open telescope bay, and the noise radiating from cavity surfaces and the cavity-port shear layer. Wind-tunnel data were also available to compare to the CFD results; the data permitted an assessment of CFD as a design tool for the SOFIA program.
    Keywords: Aerodynamics
    Type: 34th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit; 15-19 jAN. 1996; Reno, NV; United States
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