Efficient Engineering Prediction of Turbulent Wing Tip Vortex Flows
Sung-Eun Kim; and Shin Hyung Rhee;

Source CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 291-310, 2010
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Keywords Tip Vortex, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mesh Adaptation, Turbulence Modeling.
Abstract Turbulent flow past a finite wing has been computed to assess the fidelity of modern computational fluid dynamics in predicting tip vortex flows. The efficacy of a feature-adaptive local mesh refinement to resolve the steep gradients in the flow field near the tip vortex is demonstrated. The impact of turbulence modeling is evaluated using several popular eddy viscosity models and a Reynolds stress transport model. The results indicate that the combination of a computational mesh with an adequate resolution, high-order spatial discretization scheme along with the use of advanced turbulence models can predict tip vortex flows with acceptable accuracy.
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