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Aerodynamic design using parallel processors

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Authors
Brawley, Stephen C.
Subjects
Aerodynamic design
Optimization
Parallel processing
Runge-Kutta Euler Solver
Advisors
Hobson, Garth V.
Date of Issue
1993-09
Date
September 1993
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
An airfoil design technique has been developed which decreases the computational processing time by more than an order of magnitude when optimizing aerodynamic performance. The practicality of airfoil design using parallel processors and Navier-Stokes flow solvers has been demonstrated. Typically, an airfoil is designed to meet certain criteria based upon its aerodynamic performance at set flight conditions. If an optimization technique is used for airfoil design, the shape of the airfoil is varied, and the aerodynamic performance of numerous airfoil geometries are evaluated using computational fluid dynamics. Multiple aerodynamic performance evaluations require the vast majority of computational processing time used in airfoil design optimization.
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Thesis
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Department
Aeronautical Engineering
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
144 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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