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von Karman Institute Lecture Series CFD-Based Aircraft Drag Prediction and Reduction
The objective of this Lecture Series is to present the state-of-the-art and current research directions in CFD-based drag prediction. Topics covered are: methods for drag decomposition and thrust-drag bookkeeping engine-airframe integration designing high lift systems turbulence and transition modeling drag analysis using unstructured mesh solvers aerodynamic optimization. The course was last february delivered at the von Karman Institute in Belgium and is now repeated in the USA.
Date: November 3, 2003 - November 7, 2003
Location: 144 Research Drive, Hampton, Virginia, United States
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Organizer: VKI (Belgium) and NIA (Hampton VA)
Application Areas: Aerospace
Special Fields: Aerodynamics
Deadlines: October 1, 2003 (registration)
Type of Event: Course, International


Ever since the very beginning of aerodynamic flight, the accurate prediction of aerodynamic drag has been a major challenge in the aircraft design process. During the past 20 years, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has come to play an increasingly important role in this respect, but significant advances in CFD modeling capabilities are still needed. Future improvements in the performance of transport aircraft (notably fuel efficiency and hence direct operating costs) will largely depend on reducing aerodynamic drag. This will be achieved by design optimization and techniques such as laminar flow control, areas in which CFD will play a vital role.

The objective of this Lecture Series is therefore to present the state-of-the-art and current research directions in CFD-based drag prediction. The course is aimed at applied aerodynamicists and CFD researchers as well as aircraft designers.

An introductory lecture will discuss the importance of drag prediction for aircraft design and give an overview of the major factors involved in CFD-based drag prediction, which will be covered in detail in subsequent lectures. Novel methods for drag evaluation and decomposition from CFD solutions will be presented, as well as the latest advances of the wake integration method for drag prediction from wind tunnel tests.

The state-of-the-art of drag prediction capabilities of flow solvers using both multi-block structured grid and unstructured grid technology will be discussed.

Applications will focus mainly on the subsonic and transonic flight regimes of transport aircraft, including particular topics such as the design of high-lift systems and engine/airframe integration.

This course was previously delivered at the von Karman Institute in February 2003. The current offering represents an updating and repeat of the course at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton Virginia, USA. The directors of this course are Prof. H. Deconinck of the von Karman Institute, and Dr. Dimitri Mavriplis, of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).


Monday 3 November 2003
08.45	Registration
09.00	Welcome, introductory remarks
09.15	Aircraft design and the importance of drag rediction                          
	Prof. C. P. Van Dam, UC Davis, California, USA
11.15	Turbulence modeling for aeronautical flows
	Dr. Tom Gatski, NASA Langley, Virginia, USA
14.00	Turbulence modeling for aeronautical flows (continued)   
	Dr. Tom Gatski
15.45	Critical factors in CFD based drag prediction
	Prof. C.P. Van Dam
17.00   Welcome reception

Tuesday 4 November  2003
09.00	Methods for drag decomposition
	Prof. R. Tognaccini, U. of Naples Federico II, Italy
10.45	Far field / near field drag balance
	Mr. D. Destarac, ONERA, France
14.00	Thrust-drag bookkeeping from CFD calculations
	Prof. R. Tognaccini
15.45	Applications of drag extraction from CFD
	Mr. D. Destarac

Wednesday 5 November  2003
09.00	Boundary layer transition prediction
	Prof. C. P. van Dam
10.45	Advanced wake integration method for experimental
        drag prediction
	Dr. K. Kusunose, Boeing, USA
14.00	Application of CFD for drag analysis and validation
        with wind-tunnel data. Influence of engine-airframe 
	Dr. M. Laban, NLR, The Netherlands
15.45   Advanced wake integration method for experimental
        drag prediction (continued)
        Dr. K. Kusunose

Thursday 6 November  2003
09.00	Drag analysis using unstructured mesh solvers (Part 1)
        Dr. D. Mavriplis, National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), USA
11.00	Aerodynamic optimisation using the adjoint method
	Prof. A. Jameson, Stanford University, USA
14.00	Aerodynamic optimization using the adjoint method (continued)
	Prof. A. Jameson
15.45	Drag prediction validation of a multi-dimensional 
        upwind solver
        Ir. K. Sermeus, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

Friday 7 November  2003
09.00	Designing high-lift systems for low drag
        Dr. U. Herrmann, DLR Braunschweig, Germany
11.00	Drag analysis using unstructured mesh solvers (Part 2)
        Dr. D. Mavriplis
14.00	Experiences from the AIAA drag prediction workshop series    
	Speaker to be determined
15.15	End 

Lunch will be taken from 12h30 to 14h00. Coffee breaks are scheduled each morning and afternoon. The afternoon sessions will normally finish at about 5PM.


The course fee of $850 includes administrative costs, printed notes and coffee (lunches are not included). Under a special arrangement, the registration fee will be waived for NASA Langley participants.


VKI and NIA will make fellowships available, in the form of reduced tuition fees, for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree (B.S., B.A.) and are currently pursuing a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D.). For these students, tuition is reduced by 50% to $425.


Register online at or by contacting NIA by phone, FAX or email. Early registration deadline is October 1, 2003. A letter of acceptance and additional information will be sent upon registration.


Printed notes will be distributed during registration.

Event record first posted on July 30, 2003, last modified on August 5, 2003

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