A fully distributed unstructured navier-stokes solver for large-scale aeroelasticity computations

Barakos, G., Vahdati, M., Sayma, A.I., Beard, C. and Imregun, M. (2001) A fully distributed unstructured navier-stokes solver for large-scale aeroelasticity computations. Aeronautical Journal, May-01(1041-1), pp. 419-426.

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Abstract

We present the development and validation of a parallel unsteady flow and aeroelasticity code for large-scale numerical models used in turbomachinery applications. The work is based on an existing unstructured Navier-Stokes solver developed over the past ten years by the Aeroelasticity Research Group at Imperial College Vibration University Technology Centre. The single-process multiple-data paradigm was adopted for the parallelisation of the solver and several validation cases were considered. The computational mesh was divided into several sub-sections using a domain decomposition technique. The performance and numerical accuracy of the parallel solver was validated across several computer platforms for various problem sizes. In cases where the solution could be obtained on a single CPU, the serial and parallel versions of the code were found to produce identical results. Studies on up to 32 CPUs showed varying levels of parallelisation efficiency, an almost linear speed-up being obtained in some cases. Finally, an industrial configuration, a 17 blade row turbine with a 47 million point mesh, was discussed to illustrate the potential of the proposed large-scale modelling methodology.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George
Authors: Barakos, G., Vahdati, M., Sayma, A.I., Beard, C., and Imregun, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Aeronautical Journal
ISSN:0001-9240

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