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Aerodynamic analysis of a propeller in a turbulent boundary layer flow [electronic resource] /

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  • Acoustical Engineering.
  • Boundary Layer Control.
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Turbulence
  • Computatioinal Fluid Dynamics.
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics


Simulating the exact chaotic turbulent flow field about any geometry is a dilemma between accuracy and computational resources, which has been continuously studied for just over a hundred years. This thesis is a complete walk-through of the entire process utilized to approximate the flow ingested by a Sevik-type rotor based on solutions to the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANS). The Multiple Reference Frame fluid model is utilized by the code of ANSYS-FLUENT and results are validated by experimental wake data. Three open rotor configurations are studied including a uniform inflow and the rotor near a plate with and without a thick boundary layer. Furthermore, observations are made to determine the variation in velocity profiles of the ingested turbulent flow due to varying flow conditions.

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