A semi-structured approach to curvilinear mesh generation around streamlined bodies

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Title: A semi-structured approach to curvilinear mesh generation around streamlined bodies
Authors: Marcon, J
Peiro, J
Moxey, D
Bergemann, N
Bucklow, H
Gammon, M
Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication Date: 2019-01-07
Abstract: We present an approach for robust high-order mesh generation specially tailored to streamlined bodies. The method is based on a semi-sructured approach which combines the high quality of structured meshes in the near-field with the flexibility of unstructured meshes in the far-field. We utilise medial axis technology to robustly partition the near-field into blocks which can be meshed coarsely with a linear swept mesher. A high-order mesh of the near-field is then generated and split using an isoparametric approach which allows us to obtain highly stretched elements aligned with the flow field. Special treatment of the partition is performed on the wing root juntion and the trailing edge --- into the wake --- to obtain an H-type mesh configuration with anisotropic hexahedra ideal for the strong shear of high Reynolds number simulations. We then proceed to discretise the far-field using traditional robust tetrahedral meshing tools. This workflow is made possible by two sets of tools: CADfix, focused on CAD system, the block partitioning of the near-field and the generation of a linear mesh; and NekMesh, focused on the curving of the high-order mesh and the generation of highly-stretched boundary layer elements. We demonstrate this approach on a NACA0012 wing attached to a wall and show that a gap between the wake partition and the wall can be inserted to remove the dependency of the partitioning procedure on the local geometry.
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2019
Date of Acceptance: 31-Aug-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/65981
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-1725
Publisher: AIAA
Journal / Book Title: AIAA SciTech 2019 Forum
Copyright Statement: © 2019 by Julian Marcon, Joaquim Peiró, David Moxey, Nico Bergemann, Henry Bucklow, Mark Gammon. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., with permission.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 675585
Conference Name: 2019 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Keywords: cs.CG
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2019-01-07
Finish Date: 2019-01-11
Conference Place: San Diego, CA, USA
metadata.pubs.date.publish-online: 2019-01-07
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