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An automated higher order meshing for NACA0018 airfoil design using subparametric transformation

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Materials Today:

Source : Materials Today: Proceedings (2020)

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Keywords : MATLAB, Mesh generation, NACA0018 airfoil, Subparametric transformations

Campus : Bengaluru

School : School of Engineering

Department : Mathematics

Year : 2020

Abstract : A novel higher order meshing around the airfoil design by using finite simple triangle elements has been presented in this paper. An automated meshing has been performed by linear to sextic order (n = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) simple triangle elements using MATLAB code. The subparametric transformation approach has been implemented in the present accurate and efficient meshing. Linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic, quintic and sextic order triangle shaped elements are been utilized to discretize the area near the airfoil shape. An itemized extraction of the edge information, nodal coordinates, the total number of discretized elements and the triangle indices has been carried out from the present meshing. A NACA0018 airfoil design of 18% thickness of max camber is under consideration for the present work. Meshing is executed with the MATLAB code AirfoilHOmesh2d .m by implementing simple changes based on the present 4-digit NACA0018 airfoil profile. The accuracy of an eminent linear mesh generator scheme presented by Gilbert Strang and Persson has been proved and verified. Present work has extended these eminent linear meshing scheme by utilizing subparametric transformation on higher order triangular elements. The algorithm of meshing with higher order has been explained in detail and represented in flowchart form in the Appendix. The data extracted from the meshing can offer a simplified approach to optimize the airfoil shape, for the study of flow around the airfoil in fluid dynamics and the analysis of adverse effects on its external surface in aerospace applications. The advanced higher order meshing is beneficial for the optimization of any symmetric airfoil resulting a better economical fuel usage in the aircraft.

Cite this Research Publication : S. Devi and Dr. K.V. Nagaraja, “An automated higher order meshing for NACA0018 airfoil design using subparametric transformation”, Materials Today: Proceedings, 2020.

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