A computational and experimental analysis of a ducted fan used in VTOL UAV systems

Ali Akturk, Cengiz Camci

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Abstract

Ducted fan based vertical/short take-off and landing (VTOL) uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV) are frequently used because they offer higher disk loading compared to open rotors and improve propulsive performance. A three-dimensional RANS based computational analysis is implemented for high resolution analysis of these systems under realistic operational conditions. Fan rotor field including secondary flows, tip vortices, blade boundary layers and the wake system is simulated for hover conditions. RANS prediction of hover performance was compared to available wind tunnel test data. Total pressure measurements and computational predictions of mean flow at the fan rotor exit are in very good agreement at hover conditions. The measured and simulated rotor exit field shows a significant level of 3D hub separation affecting the overall performance of the ducted fan. Edgewise flight predictions for the specific ducted fan are in progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication9th European Conference on Turbomachinery
Subtitle of host publicationFluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ETC 2011 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsM. Sen, M. Manna, T. Arts, G. Bois
PublisherIstanbul Technical University
Pages95-105
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789755613901
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event9th European Conference on Turbomachinery: Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ETC 2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Mar 21 2011Mar 25 2011

Publication series

Name9th European Conference on Turbomachinery: Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ETC 2011 - Conference Proceedings
Volume1
ISSN (Print)2410-4833

Other

Other9th European Conference on Turbomachinery: Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ETC 2011
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period3/21/113/25/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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