On the accuracy of RANS, DES and LES turbulence models for predicting drag reduction with Base Bleed technology

  • F. Nicolás-Pérez /
  • F. J.s. Velasco /
  • J. R. García-Cascales /
  • R. A. Otón-Martínez /
  • A. López-Belchí /
  • D. Moratilla /
  • F. Rey /
  • A. Laso
Journal re
Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Volumen: 67
  • Fecha: 01 agosto 2017
  • Páginas: 126-140
  • ISSN: 12709638
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2017.03.031
  • Tipo de documento: Crítica
  • Editorial: Elsevier Masson SAS 62 rue Camille Desmoulins Issy les Moulineaux Cedex 92442
© 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS Base bleed technology is a common strategy used for body drag reduction. This work assessed the capacity of different RANS, DES and LES models to estimate the drag coefficient of slender bodies with spin and Base Bleed technology under transonic and supersonic (Mach number 0.99¿1.5) quasi-steady conditions. 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional numerical models based on RANS and DES with k¿¿ RNG, k¿¿ Standard and k¿¿ SST, as well as LES Smagorinsky¿Lilly, Wall Adapting Local Eddy (WALE) and Dynamic sub-grid Kinetic Energy Equation models were presented and benchmarked against ad-hoc experimental flight measurements performed with both active and inactive Base Bleed units. Results showed that RANS and DES models had very limited accuracy in drag prediction when facing a problem involving a high temperature jet mixing layer with a transonic wake as in the case of active Base Bleed. Notwithstanding, a reasonable agreement was found between numerical predictions of drag reduction and experimental data for the case of LES WALE.

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