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APPLICATION OF THE COMPRESSIBLE AND LOW-MACH NUMBER APPROACHES TO LARGE-EDDY SIMULATION OF TURBULENT FLOWS IN AERO-ENGINES

Matthias Kraushaar 1
1 CFD Team
CERFACS - Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique
Abstract : Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) becomes a more and more demanded tool to improve the design of aero-engines. The main reason for this request stems from the constraints imposed on the next generation low-emission engines at the industrial development level and the ability for LES to provide information on the instantaneous turbulent flow field which greatly contributes to improving the prediction of mixing and combustion thereby offering an improved prediction of the exhaust emission. The work presented in this thesis discusses two recurring issues of LES. For one, numerical schemes for LES require certain properties, i.e. low-diffusion schemes of high order of accuracy so as not to interfere with the turbulence models. To meet this purpose in the context of fully unstructured solvers, a new family of high-order time-integration schemes is proposed. With this class of schemes, the diffusion implied by the numerical scheme become adjustable and built-in. Second, since fully unsteady by nature, LES is very consuming in terms of CPU time. Even with today's supercomputers complex problems require long simulation times. Due to the low flow velocities often occurring in industrial applications, the use of a low-Mach number solver seems suitable and can lead to large reductions in CPU time if comparable to fully compressible solvers. The impact of the incompressibility assumption and the different nature of the numerical algorithms are rarely discussed. To partly answer the question, detailed comparisons are proposed for an experimental swirled configuration representative of a real burner that is simulated by LES using a fully explicit compressible solver and an incompressible solution developed at CORIA.
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Matthias Kraushaar. APPLICATION OF THE COMPRESSIBLE AND LOW-MACH NUMBER APPROACHES TO LARGE-EDDY SIMULATION OF TURBULENT FLOWS IN AERO-ENGINES. Fluids mechanics [physics.class-ph]. Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT, 2011. English. ⟨tel-00711480⟩

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