An ALE mesh movement scheme for long-term in-flight ice accretion

M. Fossati, R. A. Khurram, W. G. Habashi

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The rather irregular shapes that glaze ice may grow into while accreting over the surface of an aircraft represent a major difficulty in the numerical simulation of long periods of in-flight icing. There is a constant need for remeshing: a wasteful procedure. In the framework of ALE formulations, a mesh movement scheme is presented, in which frame and elasticity analogies are loosely coupled. The resulting deformed mesh preserves the quality of elements, especially in the near-wall region, where accurate prediction of heat flux and shear stresses is required. The proposed scheme handles mesh deformation in a computationally efficient manner by localizing the mesh deformation. The 2D problem of ice accretion over single and multi-element airfoils is considered here as a numerical experiment. Experimentally measured glaze ice shapes were used to evaluate the performance of the present approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958 - 976
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Numerical Methods in Fluids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2012


  • in flight icing
  • ALE
  • mesh movement
  • elasticity
  • mesh quality
  • computational efficiency


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