Particle Tracking Analysis of a Rotor in Ground Effect

Rovere, F., Barakos, G. N. and Steijl, R. (2021) Particle Tracking Analysis of a Rotor in Ground Effect. 47th European Rotorcraft Forum, 07-09 Sep 2021.

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Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is used here to predict the behaviour of ground particles, uplifted by a two-bladed rotor. The main focus is to define a safety area where the presence of particles can be considered safe, and compare this area with other distance based criteria. Using data of three different aircraft, scaling factors have been used to take into account the different size of the small-rotor studied and real case scenarios. The results show how heavier helicopters may generate the most dangerous situations, in terms of presence of particles in a delimited area. Furthermore, parallel strategy is analysed, code performances are compared in terms of number of particles computed and amount of processors used for calculations.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sktodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721920.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George and Rovere, Mr Federico and Steijl, Dr Rene
Authors: Rovere, F., Barakos, G. N., and Steijl, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in 47th European Rotorcraft Forum: 10
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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