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Title: A higher-order potential flow method for thick bodies, thin surfaces and wakes
Author: Bernasconi, Daniel Joseph
ISNI:       0000 0001 3461 5941
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2007
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Ahigher-order method is developed that models continuous source and doublet singularity distributions over three-dimensional curved surfaces. The singular on-surface influence coefficients are treated by a robust desingularisation algorithm, whereas off-surface coefficients are calculated by means of an efficient subdivision and variable cubature scheme. Whilst higher-order methods have previously been developed fo! thick bodies and Dirichlet boundary conditions, this method is also capable of modelling continuous geometry and singularity surfaces over thin bodies and wakes that require Neumann boundary conditions. The Continuous Surface Method (CSM) has a number of advantages over conventional constant panel methods (CPMs). Firstly, as curved geometries are represented exactly, changing the order of the solution does not modify the physical shape of the configuration. Furthermore, as singularity solutions are continuous, the significant grid-dependency of CPMs does not arise. Finally, the continuous singularity distributions allow velocities to be evaluated accurately across the entire surface without interpolation: this enables the calculation of continuous pressure distributions and the construction ofstreamlines and wakes flowing very close to surfaces, without any problems of divergence. Numerical results comparing the CSM to a CPM have shown that for equal run times, the CSM obtains greater accuracy in pressure distributions than a CPM, and produces much smoother velocity fields. However the CSM was not able to improve upon the efficiency ofthe CPM in determining total aerodynamic forces. A wake relaxation scheme in which wakes are modelled as curved B-spline patches is developed, and is convergent for simple geometries. For.a more complex example of wakes shed from two closely overlapping sails, the wake relaxation converges to within around 0.5% of total aerodynamic load, but the low panel resolutions employed in the CSM are insufficient to model the detail of . the wake roll-up effectively. Three alternative schemes to address this problem are evaluated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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