Numerical Simulations of Various Rotor Designs in Hover and Forward Flight

Fitzgibbon, T.A., Barakos, G.N. , Woodgate, M.A. and Jimenez-Garcia, A. (2019) Numerical Simulations of Various Rotor Designs in Hover and Forward Flight. In: AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2019), San Diego, CA, USA, 7-11 Jan 2019, AIAA 2019-0287. ISBN 9781624105784 (doi: 10.2514/6.2019-0287)

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This paper presents numerical simulations of different rotor designs using high-fidelity CFD methods. Firstly, hover results are presented for the PSP rotor blade. The impact of a transitional turbulence model on the blade performance was examined and good correlation with test data was obtained. A grid sensitivity study indicated an influence on the transition location predictions, however, the effect on the integrated loads was not significant. The surface pressure distributions and sectional loads were also examined. The PSP rotor was also simulated in forward flight and blade surface pressure was compared with wind tunnel data. The predictions were found to follow data obtained from pressure transducers.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work is funded by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). Results were obtained using the EPSRC funded ARCHIE-WeSt High Performance Computer ( EPSRC grant no. EP/K000586/1. This work used the Cirrus UK National Tier-2 HPC Service at EPCC (
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George and Woodgate, Dr Mark and Fitzgibbon, Thomas and Jimenez Garcia, Mr Antonio
Authors: Fitzgibbon, T.A., Barakos, G.N., Woodgate, M.A., and Jimenez-Garcia, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 7-11 January 2019, San Diego, California, AIAA 2019-0287
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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