Airfoil Shape Optimization Using Sensitivity Analysis on Viscous Flow Equations

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Mohamed E. Eleshaky, Oktay Baysal

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0247

J. Fluids Eng 115(1), 75-84 (Mar 01, 1993) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910117 History: Received October 25, 1991; Online May 23, 2008


An aerodynamic shape optimization method has previously been developed by the authors using the Euler equations and has been applied to supersonic-hypersonic nozzle designs. This method has also included a flowfield extrapolation (or flow prediction) method based on the Taylor series expansion of an existing CFD solution. The present paper reports on the extension of this method to the thin-layer Navier-Stokes equations in order to account for the viscous effects. Also, to test the method under highly nonlinear conditions, it has been applied to the transonic flows. Initially, the success of the flow prediction method is tested. Then, the overall method is demonstrated by optimizing the shapes of two supercritical transonic airfoils at zero angle of attack. The first one is shape optimized to achieve a minimum drag while obtaining a lift above a specified value. Whereas, the second one is shape optimized for a maximum lift while attaining a drag below a specified value. The results of these two cases indicate that the present method can produce successfully optimized aerodynamic shapes.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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