The aim of this test case is to validate the following parameters of steady-state incompressible turbulent flow around the Ahmed Body with a pre-referenced case :
The geometry is uploaded on to the SimScale platform and meshed using the snappyHexMesh tool. A fine resolution is provided behind the Ahmed Body to detect wakes.
The geometry is created based on the simplified aerodynamic body used by Ahmed et al . See Fig.1.a for dimensions and Fig.1.b for the geometry. The slant angle (ψ) is set to 25 degrees. The body is placed in a wind tunnel(6m*5m*13.5m) in order to limit the aerodynamic blockage effect.
The snappyHexMesh tool was used to generate the mesh, with refinement near the walls and in the wake region (see Fig.2.).
A typical property of the generated mesh is the y+(“y-plus”) value, which is defined as the non-dimensionalized distance to the wall; it is given by y+=u∗y/ν. A y+ value of 1 would correspond to the upper limit of the laminar sub-layer.
An average y+ value of 1 was used for the inflation layer. The k−ω SST turbulence model was chosen, with full resolution for near-wall treatment of the flow.
Tool Type: OPENFOAM®
Analysis Type: simpleFoam
Mesh and Element types:
|Mesh type||Number of volumes||Type|
|snappyHexMesh||38 million||3D Hex|
Air with kinematic viscosity of 1.5×10−5kg/ms is assigned as the domain fluid. The boundary conditions for the simulation are shown in Table 3.
|Parameter||Inlet||Top Face||Bottom Face||Lateral Faces||Outlet||Body|
|Velocity||63.7 m/s||Symmetry||63.7 m/s (Moving Wall)||symmetry||Zero Gradient||Full Resolution|
|k||21.9||Symmetry||Wall Function||Symmetry||Zero Gradient||Full Resolution|
|Omega||29215||Symmetry||Wall Function||Symmetry||Zero Gradient||Full Resolution|
|Pressure||Zero Gradient||Symmetry||Wall Function||Symmetry||0 Pa||Full Resolution|
The free stream velocity of the simulation is U=63.7 m/s, so the Reynolds number based on the height of the body H is Re=1.2×106. It is of the same order of magnitude used in the original experiment of Ahmed and Ramm .
The drag coefficient is defined as CD=Fd/0.5×rho×U2×Ax where Ax(0.112 m2) is the projected area of the Ahmed body in streamwise direction and FD the drag force. The time-averaged drag force was determined by integration of surface pressure and shear stress over the entire Ahmed body. The resulting drag coefficient of the Ahmed body was computed to be 0.306 which is within a 2.86% error margin of the measured value of 0.298.
Wake Flow Patterns
The velocity streamline contour of mean flow obtained with the simulation is reported in Fig. 4 together with experimental results of reference .
|||(1, 2, 3, 4) S.R. Ahmed, G. Ramm, Some Salient Features of the Time-Averaged Ground Vehicle Wake, SAE-Paper 840300, 1984|
|||`Serre, Matthieu Minguez, Richard Pasquetti, Emmanuel Guilmineau, Gan Bo Deng, Michael Kornhaas, Michael Schäfer, Jochen Fröhlich, Christof Hinterberger, Wolfgang Rodi, On simulating the turbulent flow around the Ahmed body: A French–German collaborative evaluation of LES and DES.`_|
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