Wall-modeled large-eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation of broadband trailing edge noise from a naca 0012 airfoil

Mohammad Mehrabadi, Daniel J. Bodony

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We examine the capability of wall-modeled large-eddy simulation (WMLES) approach to predict the broadband noise generated by a NACA 0012 airfoil. The simulations are carried out for the Mach 0.12 uniform flow over a NACA 0012 airfoil at zero degree angle of attack with a chord-based Reynolds number of 408,000. To examine the influence of the grid resolution on aerodynamic and aeroacoustic quantities, we perform WMLES calculations for three different grid resolutions. In addition to the experimental and wall-resolved large-eddy simulations available for this flow, we also perform a direct numerical simulation (DNS) for an additional reference dataset to benchmark the WMLES performance. In all of our simulations, surface roughness is used near the leading edge to trip the boundary layer. Comparisons indicate that all of the WMLES cases provide a good approximation of the skin friction coefficient. However, other quantities, such as the mean velocity profile, are sensitive to the grid resolution. Sensitivity to the grid is greater for two–point (or two–time) quantities, such as the pressure fluctuation correlation. Some of the observed differences are associated with the tripping and transition mechanism, which is itself significantly affected by the grid resolution. The importance of WMLES outer grid resolution in capturing the relevant turbulent flow length and time scales is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2019
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105883
StatePublished - 2019
Event25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2019 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: May 20 2019May 23 2019

Publication series

Name25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2019


Conference25th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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