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Imbedded Dual-Number Automatic Differentiation for Computational Fluid Dynamics Sensitivity Analysis

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Robert E. Spall

e-mail: robert.spall@usu.edu

Wenbin Yu

e-mail: wenbin.yu@usu.edu
Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering,
Utah State University,
Logan, UT 84322-4130

Contributed by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING. Manuscript received February 3, 2012; final manuscript received July 30, 2012; published online December 21, 2012. Editor: Malcolm J. Andrews.

J. Fluids Eng 135(1), 014501 (Dec 21, 2012) (4 pages) Paper No: FE-12-1055; doi: 10.1115/1.4023074 History: Received February 03, 2012; Revised July 30, 2012

Dual number automatic differentiation was applied to two computational fluid dynamics codes, one written specifically for this purpose and one “legacy” fortran code. Results for the simple case of a fully developed laminar flow in a channel validated the approach in computing derivatives with respect to both a fluid property and a geometric dimension. DNAD was also implemented into the JET fortran program which is available with a popular turbulence modeling textbook. Mean centerline velocity derivatives for a self-similar round jet with respect to all applicable turbulence model closure coefficients for k-ω and k-ε models were obtained.

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Sensitivity of streamwise velocity to dynamic viscosity for fully developed laminar flow in a two-dimensional channel

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Sensitivity of streamwise velocity to channel height

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Compute time as a function of the number of design variables

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Percent relative errors (with respect to DNAD) using finite-difference approximations for different values of the difference perturbation parameter (k-ω model results)

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