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Using the DLR-F6 Aircraft Model for the Evaluation of the Academic CFD Code “Galatea”

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Georgios N. Lygidakis, Ioannis K. Nikolos

Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

Paper No. IMECE2014-39756, pp. V001T01A041; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4642-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Nowadays, the research in the aerospace scientific field relies strongly on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) algorithms, avoiding (initially at least) a large fraction of the extremely time and money consuming experiments in wind tunnels. In this paper such a recently developed academic CFD code, named Galatea, is presented in brief and validated against a benchmark test case. The prediction of compressible fluid flows is succeeded by the relaxation of the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations, along with appropriate turbulence models (k-ε, k-ω and SST), employed on three-dimensional unstructured hybrid grids, composed of prismatic, pyramidical and tetrahedral elements. For the discretization of the computational field a node-centered finite-volume method is implemented, while for improved computational performance Galatea incorporates an agglomeration multigrid methodology and a suitable parallelization strategy. The proposed algorithm is evaluated against the Wing-Body (WB) and the Wing-Body-Nacelles-Pylons (WBNP) DLR-F6 aircraft configurations, demonstrating its capability for a good performance in terms of accuracy and geometric flexibility.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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