Evaluation of CFD codes for swirl-driven combustors

Gerardo Talamantes, Brian A. Maicke

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The goal of this research is to numerically verify and validate available computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes for use in modeling swirl-driven combustors, specifically the bidirectional vortex rocket engine. To that end, results from simulations run in SolidWorks Fluid Simulation, Ansys CFX, Ansys Fluent, and OpenFOAM will be compared to existing analytical models and experimental results. All software packages were found to capture the significant vortex structures to varying levels of accuracy. In addition to verifying and validating the CFD packages, we will also assess the usability of each, with an emphasis on swirl-driven applications. SolidWorks is found to be the most user-friendly of the packages, while OpenFOAM most closely matched the validating analytical solutions and provided extensive flexibility for a low cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication46th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624104367
StatePublished - 2016
Event46th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2016Jun 17 2016

Publication series

Name46th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference


Other46th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Aerospace Engineering


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