The purpose of an aircraft inlet system is to capture airflow from the free-stream and deliver it to an engine at the appropriate Mach number for that system. To meet design constraints, modern fighter aircraft have complex inlets with multiple turns that generally lead to both total pressure and swirl distortion at the engine face. These flow distortions can lead to reduced system performance, operability, and durability introducing issues in the overall success of the weapons system performing its mission. Therefore the integration of the airframe, inlet, and propulsion system is a key design issue in the development of military aircraft. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the dynamic (hybrid RANS/DDES) simulation capabilities of the HPCMP CREATE™-AV Kestrel tools by application to a sub-scale airframe/inlet system for a current military aircraft. The computational results were compared to wind tunnel results at various Mach number, angles of attack, angles of sideslip, and corrected flow rates. The inlet pressure recovery and distortion intensities for each case compared well to wind tunnel results. By comparing the computational results and wind tunnel test results, the applicability of these tools to future weapon systems design and development can be assessed.

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