High-fidelity numerical analysis and optimisation of ducted propeller aerodynamics and acoustics

Zhang, T. and Barakos, G. (2021) High-fidelity numerical analysis and optimisation of ducted propeller aerodynamics and acoustics. Aerospace Science and Technology, 113, 106708. (doi: 10.1016/j.ast.2021.106708)

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This paper presents numerical analyses of aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of ducted/un-ducted propellers based on high-fidelity CFD methods, and adjoint-based aerodynamic performance optimisation of the ducted propeller by altering the duct and blade shapes. Ducted propeller experiments by NASA are chosen for validation and used as baseline designs. High-fidelity CFD simulations are performed using the in-house solver HMB3. The aeroacoustics is analysed using the CFD solutions and in-house codes based on FW-H equations. The aerodynamic and near-/far-field acoustic benefits by ducting are shown quantitatively. An adjoint-based aerodynamic optimisation framework is also applied to the ducted propeller by altering the duct shape and the blade twist distribution. The optimisation shows improved performance for the ducted propeller over the initial design, especially at higher blade pitch. The far-field acoustic benefits of the optimised designs are also examined and are maintained after the optimisation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George and Zhang, Tao
Authors: Zhang, T., and Barakos, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Aerospace Science and Technology
ISSN (Online):1626-3219
Published Online:06 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Masson SAS
First Published:First published in Aerospace Science and Technology 113: 106708
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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