Embedded large eddy simulation of transitional flow over NACA0012 aerofoil

Lin, Yujing, Wang, Jian and Savill, Mark (2020) Embedded large eddy simulation of transitional flow over NACA0012 aerofoil. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, ISSN (print) 0954-4100 (Epub Ahead of Print)


An accurate computation of near-field unsteady turbulent flow around aerofoil is of outstanding importance for aerofoil trailing edge noise source prediction, which is a representative of main contributor to airframe noise and fan noise in modern commercial aircraft. In this study, an embedded large eddy simulation (ELES) is fully implemented in a separation-induced transitional flow over NACA0012 aerofoil at a moderate Reynolds number. It aims to evaluate the performance of the ELES method in aerodynamics simulation for wall-bounded aerospace flow in terms of accuracy, computational cost and complexity of implementation. Some good practice is presented including the special treatments at RANS-LES interface to provide more realistic turbulence generation in LES inflow. A comprehensive validation of the ELES results is performed by comparing with the experimental data and the wall-resolved large eddy simulation results. It is concluded that the ELES method could provide sufficient accuracy in the transitional flow simulations around aerofoil. It is proved to be a promising alternative to the pure LES for industrial flow applications involving wall boundary layer due to its significant computational efficiency.

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