A Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) conventional case study is proposed to be used as a benchmark for numerical analyses. Experimental tests were carried out to provide targets for comparisons; in particular, the study regarded the estimate of the deformed configuration (“flying shape” in the sailing field) of a square sail under a uniform flow regime in a wind tunnel facility. Several tests have been carried out at different wind velocities. The sailcloth has been characterized by means of mono-axial tensile tests obtaining Young's and shear moduli as well as Poisson's coefficients, which have then been used as input parameters for numerical analyses. Test results are considered a benchmark target deserving challenging aspects for numerical simulations in spite of the selected simple test geometry and conditions. Numerical tests have been carried out by means of a commercial software (ADINA™). Analyses used a strongly coupled partitioned approach between a Finite Volume Method (FVM) based on Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) equations, whereas a Finite Element Method (FEM) has been adopted for the structural field. A comparison has been eventually carried out assessing different numerical models. A good overall agreement between experimental and numerical results has been obtained by suitably setting FSI simulation algorithms.
|Titolo:||A Fluid-Structure Interaction case study on a square sail in a wind tunnel|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|