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Assessment of turbulence models for transonic oscillating airfoil

Mojtaba Tahani (Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies (FNST), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Mehran Masdari (Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies (FNST), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Hamidreza Eivazi (Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies (FNST), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Massoud Tatar (Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies (FNST), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 6 November 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate numerical solution of transonic flow around NACA0012 airfoil under sinusoidal pitch oscillation. Accordingly, effects of the amplitude and frequency of oscillations on aerodynamic coefficients are evaluated and the efficiency of the turbulent models, K-ω shear-stress transport (SST), scale adaptive simulation (SAS) and delayed detached eddy simulation (DDES), in simulation of the nonlinear phenomena – i.e. the interaction between shock and boundary layer and the shock oscillations – is studied.

Design/methodology/approach

K-ω SST, SAS and DDES models are used as turbulence approaches. The numerical results are compared with available experimental and numerical information.

Findings

According to the results inside the buffet boundaries, the DDES turbulent model expresses results that are more appropriate; however, SAS and SST models are not efficient enough in evaluating the characteristics of nonlinear flow.

Originality/value

In this research study, hybrid RANS-LES turbulence model is engaged to simulate transonic flow around pitching NACA0012 airfoil, and results are compared to the SAS and Reynolds Average Navier–Stocks simulations as well as available numerical and experimental data. In addition, effects of the amplitude and frequency of oscillations on aerodynamic coefficients are evaluated in buffet regions.

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Citation

Tahani, M., Masdari, M., Eivazi, H. and Tatar, M. (2017), "Assessment of turbulence models for transonic oscillating airfoil", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 27 No. 11, pp. 2603-2628. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-04-2016-0142

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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