At present a large number of fluid dynamics applications are found in aerospace, civil and automotive engineering, as well in medical related fields. In many applications the flow field is turbulent and the computational modelling of such flows remains a difficult task. To resolve all turbulent flow phenomena for flow problems where turbulence is of key interest is a priori not feasible in a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) investigation with a conventional mesh. The use of a Dynamic Grid Adaptation (DGA) algorithm in a turbulent unsteady flow field is an appealing technique which can reduce the computational costs of a CFD investigation. A refinement of the numerical domain with a DGA algorithm requires reliable criteria for mesh refinement which reflect the complex flow processes. At present not much work has been done to obtain reliable refinement criteria for turbulent unsteady flow. The purpose of the work is to implement a new refinement technique for the boundary layer in the vicinity of the wall. It is aimed to model the flow around an airfoil with a LES turbulence model and a new DGA algorithm. In addition to that several simulations have been carried out for parametric studies. In these studies the incompressible solver in REACFLOW has been used. This Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code REACFLOW was developed in collaboration with the joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy. The following aims are aspired: • A new mesh refinement criteria method suitable for boundary layers; • To carry out LES simulations to establish the performance of the refinement criteria. The new criteria which are created in this work are for the near wall region. This criteria uses the wall shear stresses for the refinement technique. For the main flow stream the refinement criteria proposed by de With et al  will be used.
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The Design of Refinement Criteria for Dynamic Grid Adaptation Applied to Airfoil Flow Modeling
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Demir, M, de With, G, & Holdo̸, AE. "The Design of Refinement Criteria for Dynamic Grid Adaptation Applied to Airfoil Flow Modeling." Proceedings of the ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Emerging Technology in Fluids, Structures, and Fluid Structure Interactions. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. July 20–24, 2003. pp. 91-97. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2003-1952
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