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Old   October 20, 2015, 22:19
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Hi All,
I'm attempting to calculate the thrust generated by an RC aircraft propeller and I'm wondering about my method.
I made a small cylinder around the propeller shape and subtracted it. I then made a second cylinder the exact same size, and a larger cylinder and subtracted the smalle from the large to give me two domains, the outer domain and inner domain with cylinder cut out. In CFX I set an interface between the two, input, output and walls on the larger cylinder and set the propeller shaped cut out to be a wall. I've then rotated the inner domain. My trouble is that this rotated the air within the domain, as well as the propeller walls. Is there a way that I can make the air continue its expected path until acted upon by the propeller? Have I gone about this in the wrong way.

I have looked through the rotor-stator tutorial, but as I understand, the whole stator will be rotating along with the blades, so, it doesn't quite match my problem.

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can you please post pictures of your settings? How did you set up your inner domain?
I would make the inner domain smaller - basically only around the propeller.
Did you use Stage interface or Frozen Rotor?
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My trouble is that this rotated the air within the domain, as well as the propeller walls.
This is a FAQ: http://www.cfd-online.com/Wiki/Ansys...f_reference.3F

It is all good, you are just not viewing it as you expect.
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Old   October 21, 2015, 18:40
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Maxim,

I've used Frozen Rotor.

I've attached the inner domain settings. The domain has a wall as the propeller, and an interface around the outside.


My force calculations on the propeller give a result in the range of 0.001 N, where I'm expecting 1-10 N. Would my method be close to what I require, or should I be using an immersed solid?

Thanks ghorrocks, that is much more like I expected.
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