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AmandaMBF August 10, 2012 09:33

Airfoil Momentum Coeficient
Good Morning everyone!

I'm doing the fluid simulation for Eppler 423 arifoil with 40 cm chord using Fluent 12.0. I did the setup accordingly to waht I was told to do however I'm getting a positive momentum coefficient for 0 instead of a negative one.
To do the simulation I'm using a density-based solver, using air as ideal-gas and sutherland viscosity. On Models panel I setup energy as on and Spalart - Allmaras as the turbulence model. The boundary conditions are: for profile: wall default and roughness 0.01; for farfield: farfield - pressure with Gauge pressure 101325 Pa; mach = 0.035; X-Component of Flow direction = 1 and Y-Component of flow direction = 0; Turbulence Specification Method as Intensity and Lenght Scale with Intensity (%) = 0.01 and Lenght Scale (m) = 0.02; Thermal = 270 K.
I'm computing from farfield. And I set the moment center as: X=0.1 and Y=0.025.
Does anybody knows why I'm getting a positive momentum coeficient?

truffaldino August 11, 2012 06:03

Do not worry: Fluent uses standard right-handed coordinate system, so when the moment is positive aircraft nose is pitching down. On the other hand, Cm in aircraft engeneering is written in the left-handed system.

P.S. Out of topic: Using density-based solver for mach=.035 and Re=3*10^5 is not very good idea: I would rather used the pressure-based one

AmandaMBF August 11, 2012 14:37

Ok! Thank you very much! So I'll use pressure based. I was using this and I changed due to the positive cm, to see if the same problem will happen using density based. Thank you very much!

mikefreestone August 12, 2012 02:23

momentum coefficient or moment coefficient?
Do you mean momentum coefficient or (pitching) moment coefficient? if the latter, are you sure that a positive value is incorrect? Why not run a few values of angle of attack, get near the stall, or beyond, and see if the behaviour of the coefficient looks sensible.

AmandaMBF August 12, 2012 21:14

Pitching moment coefficient
I am having problem with both. About the pitching moment coefficient, I did a 2D simulation to evaluate the cm, cl and cd of the arifoil Eppler 423. My cm was positive for 0 and other low values, negative for values like 7 or 8, the simulation didn't had a solution for values like 9 or 10, and it was positive for 11. So I don't know how to deal with this!

mikefreestone August 13, 2012 09:54

I think it is fairly certain that the sign convention is positive nose down. At low incidences there should be an almost linear relationship between CL andCM, and the slope of this will give you the position of the aerodynamic centre, which should be about 0.25 of the chord aft of the leading edge. You might need to run more incidence values
to get the slope adequately. When the boundary layer starts to separate as the incidence is increased, the aerofoil will probably tend to pitch up (CM becomes negative). At higher incidences still the calculations may well be unreliable.

You can always compare your calculated results at low incidence with some other aerofoil code results. If you get stuck I can run some cases for you using VGK.

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