The demand for efficiency in today’s and in future civil aircraft is such that experimental studies alone do not suffice to optimize aircraft aerodynamics. In this context, much effort has been spent in the past decade to develop numerical methods capable of reproducing the phenomena that occur in the engine flow field. This paper presents some studies in Computational Fluid Dynamics related to supersonic inlets. Two approaches are considered. First, there is a need for a code capable of calculating in a cost-efficient way the entire flow field around a two-dimensional or three-dimensional inlet, e.g., to perform parametric studies. To this effect, a computing method based on grid construction by mesh generator dedicated to inlet shapes and on the discretization of the unsteady Euler equations with an explicit upwind scheme was developed. The treatment of complex geometries led us to adopt a multiblock grid approach. Therefore particular attention was paid to the treatment of the boundary conditions between the different domains. Second, there is a need for a code that can capture local phenomena in order to get a better understanding of inlet behavior (shock/shock, shock/boundary layer interactions, etc.). To this effect a two-dimensional turbulent Navier-Stokes code is used. The two-equation k-ε turbulence model included in the program seems to be one of the most successful models for calculating flow realistically. Correction of the near-wall influence extends its capability to complex flow configurations, e.g., those with separated zones.

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