A Multizone Moving Mesh Algorithm for Simulation of Flow Around a Rigid Body With Arbitrary Motion

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S. M. Mirsajedi

 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 15875-4413m7829904@aut.ac.ir

S. M. H. Karimian

 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 15875-4413hkarim@aut.ac.ir

M. Mani

 Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 15875-4413mani@aut.ac.ir

J. Fluids Eng 128(2), 297-304 (Aug 26, 2005) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2170124 History: Received March 21, 2005; Revised August 26, 2005

In this paper, general motion of a two-dimensional body is modeled using a new moving mesh concept. Solution domain is divided into the three zones. The first zone, with a circular boundary, includes the moving body and facilitates the rotational motion of it. The second zone, with a square boundary, includes the first zone and facilitates the translational motion of the body. The third zone is a background grid in which the second zone moves. With this configuration of grids any two-dimensional motion of a body can be modeled with almost no grid insertion or deletion. However, in some stages of motion we merge or split a few number of elements. The discretization method is control-volume based finite-element, and the unsteady form of the Euler equations are solved using AUSM algorithm. To demonstrate the excellent performance of the present method two moving cases including rotational and translational motions are solved. The results show excellent agreement with experimental data or other numerical results.

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Figure 1

Grid configuration of present method

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Figure 2

Unstructured grid within the first zone

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Figure 3

First zone after body rotation

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Figure 4

Renumbering process for 360∕ndeg of rotation. (a) Old and new elements. (b) New elements after renumbering. (c) Whole domain after renumbering.

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Figure 5

Rotation (a) 20deg, (b) 40deg, and (c) 80deg of airfoil

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Cut cells with hanging nodes at the intersection of first and second zone

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(a) Second zone with one grid level, (b) second zone with larger boundary and two grid level

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Figure 8

Second zone motion on the background grid, (a) horizontal motion, before renumbering, (b) state (a) after renumbering, (c) oblique motion

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Figure 9

Simple deformation of an element due to the motion of its two nodes

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Formation of a control volume from subcontrol volumes within the surrounding elements

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Formation of a control volume around a hanging node

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Hybrid empty domain

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Figure 13

First test, contours of 1-ρ, after 2s of grid motion

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Figure 14

Computational grids for motion of cylinder

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Figure 15

Comparison of surface pressure distribution in front of the cylinder computed from unsteady and moving body simulation after (a) 5ms and (b) 10ms

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Figure 16

Comparison of the normal force coefficient loop of CT1 case, present and experimental data (34)

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Figure 17

Comparison of the normal force coefficient loop of CT5 case, Present and experimental data (34)

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Figure 18

Comparison of the normal force coefficient loop of CT5 case with Corrected αm to 0.25, present and experimental data (34)




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