Comparison of Various Spatial Discretization Schemes in Numerical Simulation for Ship Airwakes


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For numerical simulation of ship airwake by CFD, based on the use of an unstructured grid, the k-ε turbulence model and SIMPLE algorithm, the characteristic features of complex fluid flows eg recirculation zones and strong vortex fields in the aircarft operating region of a generic 3D frigate model was presented. The accuracy of the predication was checked by performing calculations on different grid sizes and comparing with wind-tunnel flow visualization data. A comparison of several typical spatial discretization schemes was performed. y+ values were also tested. The general features of the flow predicted in this paper compare reasonably well with experimental data. However, CFD simulation produced a higher velocity in the vicinity of vortex zone when compared to experimental data. Obvious differences exist between results by first-order upwind scheme (power law scheme) and second-order upwind scheme (QUICK scheme, third-order MUSCL scheme). Second-order upwind scheme (QUICK scheme, third-order MUSCL scheme) are recommended for the CFD simulation of ship airwakes with a modest increase in computational cost. y+ values from o (10) to o (1000) can all be accepted for the CFD simulation of ships (e.g., SFS1 ) with Reynolds number 108 or more.



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Bale V. Reddy, Shishir Kumar Sahu, A. Kandasamy and Manuel de La Sen




S. H. He et al., "Comparison of Various Spatial Discretization Schemes in Numerical Simulation for Ship Airwakes", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 627, pp. 63-68, 2014

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September 2014




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