Bao Liu, Maarten Vanierschot, Frank Buysschaert

Comparison Study of the k − kL − ω and γ − Reθ Transition Model in the Open-Water Performance Prediction of a Rim-Driven Thruster

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering

The present work examines the capabilities of two transition models implemented in ANSYS Fluent in the open-water performance prediction of a rim-driven thruster (RDT). The adopted models are the three-equation k−kL−ω and the four-equation γ−Reθ models. Both of them are firstly tested on a ducted propeller. The numerical results are compared with available experimental data, and a good correlation is found for both models. The simulations employing two transition models are then carried out on a four-bladed rim-driven thruster model and the results are compared with the SST k−ω turbulence model. It is observed that the streamline patterns on the blade surface are significantly different between the transition and fully turbulent models. The transition models can reveal the laminar region on the blade while the fully turbulent model assumes the boundary layer is entirely turbulent, resulting in a considerable difference in torque prediction. It is noted that unlike the fully turbulent model, the transition models are quite sensitive to the free-stream turbulence quantities such as turbulent intensity and turbulent viscosity ratio, as these quantities determine the onset of the transition process. The open-water performance of the studied RDT and resolved flow field are also presented and discussed.

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