Comparison of Turbulence Models for Flow Past NACA0015 Airfoil Using OpenFOAM


  • Chakrit Suvanjumrat Mahidol University



Comparison, turbulence model, NACA0015, airfoil, OpenFOAM.


The open source code software, OpenFOAM, was applied for simulating flow past NACA0015 airfoil. Three economical turbulence models for aerospace applications were selected comprising Spalart-Allmaras model, Wilcox  model and Menter SST  model, respectively. The non-dimension y+ was used to analyze the near-wall flow. The C-type domain for airfoil simulation was considered for an appropriate dimension to protect the effect of boundary conditions. The zero pressure gradient problem of the pressure-velocity coupling was used an effective algorithm, SIMPLE, for solving. The central differencing, upwind differencing, and linear upwind differencing (LUD) scheme were used to solve the convection-diffusion equation of the flow past airfoil. The simulation results included lift coefficient (CL) and drag coefficient (CD) were obtained from this computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method. The turbulence models had been validated to the physical experiment. The wind tunnel was set up to test the flow past NACA0015 airfoil. The Reynolds number (Re) at 160,000 and 360,000 were controlled in order that the NACA0015 airfoil with the large range angle of attack from 0 to 20 degrees was immersed in the low wind speeds and turbulent flow. The suitable turbulence model was the Menter SST  model which employed SIMPLE algorithm and LUD scheme for solving. These CFD results lower the stall angle of attack had the average errors of CL and CD with were less than 13.15% and 22.36%, respectively.


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Author Biography

Chakrit Suvanjumrat

Laboratory of Computer Mechanics for Design (LCMD), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand


Published In
Vol 21 No 3, Jun 15, 2017
How to Cite
C. Suvanjumrat, “Comparison of Turbulence Models for Flow Past NACA0015 Airfoil Using OpenFOAM”, Eng. J., vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 207-221, Jun. 2017.