This paper present recent advances in the development of local correlation based laminar– to–turbulent transition modeling relying on the Spalart–Allmaras equation. Such models are extremely important for the flow regimes involved in wind energy applications. Indeed, fully turbulent flow models are not completely reliable to predict the aerodynamic force coefficients. This is particularly significant for the wind turbine blade sections. In this paper, we focus our attention on two different transitional flow models for Reynolds–Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) equations. It is worth noting that this is a crucial aspect because standard RANS models assume a fully turbulent regime. Thus, our approaches couple the well–known γ–˜Reθ,t technique and log γ equation with the Spalart–Allmaras turbulence model in order to overcome the common drawbacks of standard techniques. The effectiveness, efficiency, and robustness of the above-mentioned methods are tested and discussed by computing several flow fields developing around airfoils operating at Reynolds numbers typical of wind turbine blade sections.

Assessment of a Spalart–Allmaras Model Coupled with Local Correlation Based Transition Approaches for Wind Turbine Airfoils

D'alessandro V.
;
Ricci R.
2021

Abstract

This paper present recent advances in the development of local correlation based laminar– to–turbulent transition modeling relying on the Spalart–Allmaras equation. Such models are extremely important for the flow regimes involved in wind energy applications. Indeed, fully turbulent flow models are not completely reliable to predict the aerodynamic force coefficients. This is particularly significant for the wind turbine blade sections. In this paper, we focus our attention on two different transitional flow models for Reynolds–Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) equations. It is worth noting that this is a crucial aspect because standard RANS models assume a fully turbulent regime. Thus, our approaches couple the well–known γ–˜Reθ,t technique and log γ equation with the Spalart–Allmaras turbulence model in order to overcome the common drawbacks of standard techniques. The effectiveness, efficiency, and robustness of the above-mentioned methods are tested and discussed by computing several flow fields developing around airfoils operating at Reynolds numbers typical of wind turbine blade sections.
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