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Transonic Airfoil Study Using Sonic Plateau, Optimization and Off-Design Performance Maps

Doherty, John (2017) Transonic Airfoil Study Using Sonic Plateau, Optimization and Off-Design Performance Maps In: 35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 5-9 Jun 2017, Denver, Colorado.

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Abstract

A number of transonic airfoils, designed using differing approaches, are evaluated over a wide range of operating conditions, using a tool for generating aerodynamic performance maps. Details of key performance boundaries are also extracted, including drag divergence and separation onset. The aerodynamic performance maps and boundaries, which are based upon extensive use of a rapid 2D CFD tool, are first demonstrated on an existing airfoil, for which the design condition is known and for which experimental data is available. Aerodynamic maps are then presented for a series of airfoils which are designed using a sonic plateau, inverse design approach. Further maps are presented for airfoils designed using single-point and multi-point optimization. The impact of the alternative design approaches is studied, using the performance maps and the resulting characteristics of the performance boundaries. In particular, the trade-off between drag divergence and the onset of separation, combined with viscous and wave drag development, is presented. The study provides some insights into the challenge of achieving a well posed optimization formulation for transonic airfoil design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Doherty, Johnjohn.doherty@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2017
Identification Number : 10.2514/6.2017-3056
Copyright Disclaimer : ©2017 AIAA
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Additional Information : e-ISBN: 978-1-62410-501-2
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2017 13:06
Last Modified : 31 Aug 2017 13:06
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842104

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