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Spectral Element/Smoothed Profile Method for Turbulent Flow Simulations of Waterjet Propulsion Systems

Xian Luo, Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis, George Em Karniadakis
8 pp.
MITSG 10-19
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

We have developed fast numerical algorithms [1] for flowswith complex moving domains, e.g. propellers in free-space and impellers in waterjets, by combining the smoothed profile method (SPM, [2, 3, 4]) with the spectral element method [5]. The new approach exhibits high-order accuracy with respect to both temporal and spatial discretizations. Most importantly, the method yields great computational efficiency as it uses fixed simple Cartesian grids and hence it avoids
body-conforming mesh and remeshing. To simulate high Reynolds number flows, we incorporate the Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model and solve the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations. We present verification of the method by studying the turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate. We show that both the eddy viscosity and velocity fields are resolved very accurately within the boundary layer. Having developed and validated our numerical approach, we apply it to study transitional and turbulent flows in an axial-flow waterjet propulsion system. The efficiency and robustness of our method enable parametric study of many cases which is required in design phase. We present performance analysis and show the agreement with experimental data for waterjets.

type: Workshops, proceedings, symposia

Parent Project

Project No.: 2008-ESRDC-01-LEV
Title: Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC)

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