CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) algorithms are nowadays a necessary tool in the aerospace science, as their application allows for the prediction of the aerodynamic characteristics of complete aircraft configurations in a relatively short period of time. A brief presentation and evaluation of such a recently developed academic code, named Galatea, is the main goal of this study. Galatea employs the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations, discretized with a node-centered finite-volume scheme on three-dimensional unstructured hybrid grids for the simulation of inviscid and viscous compressible fluid flows. For the turbulence prediction appropriate turbulence models (k-ε, k-ω and SST) have been incorporated, while for the acceleration of the solution an agglomeration multigrid scheme along with a suitable parallelization strategy are employed. For the assessment of this algorithm runs over the wing-body and the wing-body-horizontal tail NASA Common Research Model (CRM) configurations were performed, allowing for a comparison in terms of accuracy of the obtained results with the experimental wind tunnel data, as well as with the computational results of corresponding reference solvers.
Assessment of the Academic CFD Code “Galatea” Using the NASA Common Research Model (CRM)
Lygidakis, GN, & Nikolos, IK. "Assessment of the Academic CFD Code “Galatea” Using the NASA Common Research Model (CRM)." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 12th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis. Volume 2: Dynamics, Vibration and Control; Energy; Fluids Engineering; Micro and Nano Manufacturing. Copenhagen, Denmark. July 25–27, 2014. V002T11A015. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ESDA2014-20265
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