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Using FLUENT in Design & Optimization Devendra Ghate, Amitay Isaacs, K Sudhakar, A G Marathe, P M Mujumdar Centre for Aerospace Systems Design and Engineering.

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1 Using FLUENT in Design & Optimization Devendra Ghate, Amitay Isaacs, K Sudhakar, A G Marathe, P M Mujumdar Centre for Aerospace Systems Design and Engineering Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay

2 FLUENT CFD Conference Outline CFD in design Problem statement Duct parametrization Flow solution Results Conclusion

3 FLUENT CFD Conference Using CFD in Design Simulation Time CFD is takes huge amounts of time for real life problems Design requires repetitive runs of disciplinary analyses Integration With optimizer With other disciplinary analyses (e.g. grid generator) Automation No user interaction should be required for simulation Gradient Information No commercial CFD solvers provide gradient information Computationally expensive and problematic ( ) to get gradient information for CFD solvers (finite difference, automatic differentiation)

4 FLUENT CFD Conference Methodology Problem Specification Parametrization New parameters Geometry Generation Grid Generation CFD problem setup Flow Solution Optimization using Surrogate Models (RSM, DACE)

5 FLUENT CFD Conference Methodology Problem Specification Parametrization New parameters Geometry Generation Grid Generation CFD problem setup Flow Solution Optimization using Surrogate Models (RSM, DACE) FLUENT

6 FLUENT CFD Conference D Duct Design Problem Entry Exit Location and shape known Geometry of duct from Entry to Exit ? Pressure Recovery Distortion Swirl

7 FLUENT CFD Conference Parametrization Y X Z X Duct Centerline A X Control / Design Variables Y m, Z m A L/3, A 2L/3 Cross Sectional Area

8 FLUENT CFD Conference Parametrization (contd.) Y X Z X Duct Centerline A X Control / Design Variables Y m, Z m A L/3, A 2L/3 Cross Sectional Area

9 FLUENT CFD Conference Typical 3D-Ducts

10 FLUENT CFD Conference Grid Generation Generation of entry and exit sections using GAMBIT Clustering Parameters Conversion of file format to CGNS using FLUENT Mesh file Generation of structured volume grid using parametrization Grid parameters Entry & Exit sections Conversion of structured grid to unstructured format  Complete grid generation process is automated and does not require human intervention  Complete control over Distance of the first cell from the wall Clustering Number of grid points

11 FLUENT CFD Conference Turbulence Modeling Relevance: Time per Solution Following aspects of the flow were of interest: Boundary layer development Flow Separation (if any) Turbulence Development Literature Survey Doyle Knight, Smith, Harloff, Loeffer  Circular cross-section  S-shaped duct Baldwin-Lomax model (Algebraic model)  Computationally inexpensive than more sophisticated models  Known to give non-accurate results for boundary layer separation etc. k-  realizable turbulence model Two equation model Study by Devaki Ravi Kumar & Sujata Bandyopadhyay (FLUENT Inc.)

12 FLUENT CFD Conference Turbulence Modeling (contd.) Standard k-  model Turbulence Viscosity Ratio exceeding 1,00,000 in 2/3 cells Realizable k-  model Shih et. al. (1994) Cμ is not assumed to be constant A formulation suggested for calculating values of C1 & Cμ Computationally little more expensive than the standard k-  model Total Pressure profile at the exit section (Standard k-  model)

13 FLUENT CFD Conference Distortion Analysis DC 60 = (PA 0 – P60 min ) /q where, PA 0 - average total pressure at the section, P60 min - minimum total pressure in a 60 0 sector, q- dynamic pressure at the cross section. User Defined Functions (UDF) and scheme files were used to generate this information from the FLUENT case and data file. Iterations may be stopped when the distortion values stabilize at the exit section with reasonable convergence levels.

14 FLUENT CFD Conference Parallel Execution Parallel mode of operation in FLUENT 16-noded Linux cluster Portable Batch Systems for scheduling Batch mode operation of FLUENT (-g) Scale up depends on grid size

15 FLUENT CFD Conference Results: Total Pressure Profile

16 FLUENT CFD Conference Results (contd.) Mass imbalance: 0.17% Energy imbalance:0.06% Total pressure drop:1.42% Various turbulence related quantities of interest at entry and exit sections: EntryExit Turbulent Kinetic Energy Turbulent Viscosity Ratio y + at the cell center of the cells adjacent to boundary throughout the domain is around 18.

17 FLUENT CFD Conference Slapping These are huge benefits as compared to the efforts involved. Methodology Store the solution in case & data files Open the new case (new grid) with the old data file Setup the problem Solution of ( ) duct slapped on ( ) 3-decade-fall6-decade-fall Without slapping With slapping Percentage time saving70%30%

18 FLUENT CFD Conference Conclusion Time for simulation has been reduced to around 20% using parallel computation and slapping.  Process of geometry & grid generation has been automated requiring no interactive user input  FLUENT has been customized for easy integration into an optimization cycle  CFD analysis module ready for inclusion in optimization for a real life problem

19 FLUENT CFD Conference Future Work Further exploration and improvement of slapping methodology Identification and assessment of optimum optimization algorithm

20 Thank You

21 FLUENT CFD Conference

22 FLUENT CFD Conference Problem Statement A diffusing S-shaped duct Ambient conditions: 11Km altitude Inlet Boundary Conditions Total Pressure: Pa Total Temperature: 261.4o K Hydraulic Diameter: 0.394m Turbulence Intensity: 5% Outlet Boundary Conditions Static Pressure: Pa (Calculated for the desired mass flow rate) Hydraulic Diameter: m Turbulence Intensity: 5%

23 FLUENT CFD Conference Duct Parameterization Geometry of the duct is derived from the Mean Flow Line (MFL) MFL is the line joining centroids of cross- sections along the duct Any cross-section along length of the duct is normal to MFL Cross-section area is varied parametrically Cross-section shape in merging area is same as the exit section

24 FLUENT CFD Conference MFL Design Variables - 1 Mean flow line (MFL) is considered as a piecewise cubic curve along the length of the duct between the entry section and merging section x y(x), z(x) 0LmLm L m /2 y(L m /2), z(L m /2) specified C entry C merge r y 1, z 1 y 2, z 2 L m : x-distance between the entry and merger section y 1, y 2, z 1, z 2 : cubic polynomials for y(x) and z(x)

25 FLUENT CFD Conference MFL Design Variables - 2 y 1 (x) = A 0 + A 1 x + A 2 x 2 + A 3 x 3, y 2 (x) = B 0 + B 1 x + B 2 x 2 + B 3 x 3 z 1 (x) = C 0 + C 1 x + C 2 x 2 + C 3 x 3, z 2 (x) = D 0 + D 1 x + D 2 x 2 + D 3 x 3 y 1 (L m ) = y 2 (L m ), y 1 ’ (L m ) = y 2 ’ (L m ), y 1 ” (L m ) = y 2 ” (L m ) z 1 (L m ) = z 2 (L m ), z 1 ’ (L m ) = z 2 ’ (L m ), z 1 ” (L m ) = z 2 ” (L m ) y 1 ’ (C entry ) = y 2 ’ (C merger ) = z 1 ’ (C entry ) = z 2 ’ (C merger ) = 0 The shape of the MFL is controlled by 2 parameters which control the y and z coordinate of centroid at L m /2 y(L m /2) = y(0) + (y(L) – y(0)) α y 0 < α y < 1 z(L m /2) = z(0) + (z(L) – z(0)) α z 0 < α z < 1

26 FLUENT CFD Conference Area Design Variables – 1 Cross-section area at any station is interpolated from the entry and exit cross- sections A(x) = A(0) + (A(L m ) – A(0)) * β(x) corresponding points on entry and exit sections are linearly interpolated to obtain the shape of the intermediate sections and scaled appropriately P section = P entry + (P exit - P entry ) * β

27 FLUENT CFD Conference Area Design Variables - 2 A 0 + A 1 x + A 2 x 2 + A 3 x 3 0  β < β 1 B 0 + B 1 x + B 2 x 2 + B 3 x 3 β 1  β  β 2 C 0 + C 1 x + C 2 x 2 + C 3 x 3 β 2 < β  1 β = x β(x) 0 LmLm L m / L m /3 β1β1 β2β2 β(L m /3) and β(2L m /3) is specified β variation is given by piecewise cubic curve as function of x


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