A reduced order methodology for the parametric analysis of rotor aerodynamics

Marco Fossati, Wagdi G. Habashi, Massimo Biava, Luigi Vigevano

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A reduced order methodology, based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) and multidimensional interpolation, is proposed for the parametric study of rotor flows under hovering conditions. The POD-based methodology makes no simplification of the complexity of the three-dimensional, viscous turbulent flow generated by the rotor but still yields accurate solutions at a fraction of the time required by standard CFD. The use of interpolation techniques other than projection operators allows dealing in a unified manner with experimental data, CFD computations or a combination of both. The method provides fast and accurate solutions for local flow details and integral quantities like aerodynamic coefficients. The POD-based methodology is demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on wind tunnel and CFD simulations of rotorcraft aerodynamics and as a potential powerful methodology to construct a new generation of rotorcraft simulators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication38th European Rotorcraft Forum 2012, ERF 2012
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2013
Event38th European Rotorcraft Forum 2012, ERF 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Sep 20127 Sep 2012


Conference38th European Rotorcraft Forum 2012, ERF 2012


  • rotor aerodynamic analysis
  • rotor aerodynamics
  • parametric analysis

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