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Flow Analysis of the M151 Aircraft Model Using the Academic CFD Code Galatea

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Dimitrios A. Inglezakis, Georgios N. Lygidakis, Ioannis K. Nikolos

Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

Paper No. IMECE2017-70208, pp. V001T03A003; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5834-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) solvers have become nowadays an integral part of the aerospace manufacturing process and product design, as their implementation allows for the prediction of the aerodynamic behavior of an aircraft in a relatively short period of time. Such an in-house academic solver, named Galatea, is used in this study for the prediction of the flow over the ARA (Aircraft Research Association) M151/1 aircraft model. The proposed node-centered finite-volume solver employs the RANS (Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes) equations, combined with appropriate turbulence models, to account for the simulation of compressible turbulent flows on three-dimensional hybrid unstructured grids, composed of tetrahedral, prisms, and pyramids. A brief description of Galatea’s methodology is included, while attention is mainly directed toward the accurate prediction of pressure distribution on the wings’ surfaces of the aforementioned airplane, an uncommon combat aircraft research model with forward swept wings and canards. In particular, two different configurations of M151/1 were examined, namely, with parallel and expanding fuselage, while the obtained results were compared with those extracted with the commercial CFD software ANSYS CFX. A very good agreement is reported, demonstrating the proposed solver’s potential to predict accurately such demanding flows over complex geometries.

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