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A vortex axis and vortex core border grid adaptation algorithm

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posted on 2023-06-08, 08:37 authored by Markus Rütten, Thomas Alrutz, Holger Wendland
In the design process of hydrodynamical and aerodynamical technical applications, the numerical simulation of massively separated vortical flow is crucial for predicting, for example, lift or drag. To obtain reliable numerical results, it is mandatory to accurately predict the physical behavior of vortices. Thus, the dominant vortical flow structures have to be resolved in detail, which requires a local grid refinement and certain adaptation techniques. In this paper, a vortex flow structure adaptation algorithm is presented, which is particularly designed for local grid refinement at vortex axes positions and associated vortex core border locations. To this end, a fast and efficient vortex axis detection scheme is introduced and the algorithm for the vortex core border determination is explained. As the interaction between vortices makes the assignment of grid points to a certain vortex axis difficult, a helicity-based vortex distinction approach in combination with a geometrical rotational sensor is developed. After describing the combined different techniques in detail, the vortex feature adaptation algorithm is applied to analytical and more realistic examples, which show that the described grid adaptation algorithm is able to enhance the grid cell resolution locally such that all significant vortical flow phenomena are resolved. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids




John Wiley and Sons





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