Numerical investigation of a two-bladed propeller inflow at yaw

Higgins, R. J. , Zarev, A., Barakos, G. N. and Green, R. B. (2020) Numerical investigation of a two-bladed propeller inflow at yaw. Journal of Aircraft, 57(2), pp. 292-304. (doi: 10.2514/1.C035647)

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The development of faster computing power and nonintrusive experimental techniques has allowed for the advancement in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) validation and the greater understanding of aerodynamic conditions previously deemed too extreme to accurately measure. To this end, a numerical study is conducted that focuses on a propeller at yaw. Current low-order methods are reliant upon an accurate inflow profile to determine overall blade loading patterns. To improve such methods, CFD can be used to determine an initial inflow profile from which to conduct additional lower-order calculations. Therefore, to ensure that CFD is able to accurately capture yawed inflow profiles, a validation study is conducted that compares numerical simulations against experiments. Good agreement is found between the two methods, and subsequently the azimuthal variation in skin friction and induced angle of attack, as a result of the yawed conditions, is analyzed.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The support provided by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Aircraft Research Association (ARA), the National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) of the United Kingdom, and the U.K. Vertical Lift Network (UKVLN) is gratefully acknowledged.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Green, Dr Richard and Barakos, Professor George and Zarev, Mr Angel and Higgins, Mr Ross
Authors: Higgins, R. J., Zarev, A., Barakos, G. N., and Green, R. B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Journal of Aircraft
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ISSN (Online):1533-3868
Published Online:14 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Aircraft 57(2):292-304
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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