Time domain simulation of airfoil flutter using fluid structure coupling through FEM based CFD solver

Rana, Davinder and Patel, Sandeep and Onkar, AK and Manjuprasad, M (2011) Time domain simulation of airfoil flutter using fluid structure coupling through FEM based CFD solver. In: Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics and Design of Aerospace Vehicle (SAROD 2011), November 16-18, 2011, Bangalore, India.

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    The objective of this work is to study the flutter characteristics of an airfoil in a two-dimensional subsonic flow by externally coupling a Reynolds Average Navier Stokes (RANS) based CFD solver with the in-house structural code in time domain. The ANSYS FLOTRAN CFD, a finite element based computational fluid dynamics solver, is adopted here to generate the aerodynamic pressure distributions on an airfoil section in subsonic regime. The airfoil dynamics is accordingly simulated through external coupling of the ANSYS FLOTRAN CFD solver with a 2DOF airfoil structural model through a Newmarks’s implicit time integration scheme. A symmetric NACA 0012 airfoil of unit chord is chosen for the analysis, with suitable spring stiffness and inertia values so that flutter instability occurs in the subsonic regime. Unsteady motion in the fluid-structure system is numerically simulated with small initial conditions. In the present analysis, the airfoil is not allowed to move and the pitch angle of airfoil is assigned to the air flow at the inlet boundary of the domain. Flutter boundary is indicated by the critical free stream flow velocity (and dynamic pressure) beyond which oscillation amplitudes diverge in time.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Time domain analysis, Airfoil flutter, Newmarks’s algorithm, ANSYS FLOTRAN CFD solver
    Subjects: ENGINEERING > Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    Division/Department: Other, Other, Structural Technologies Division, Structural Technologies Division
    Depositing User: Smt Bhagya Rekha KA
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 09:57
    Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 09:57
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/10272

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