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Major scientific publication for ‘FLOMANIA’ project

The results of the EU-funded FLOMANIA project (‘Flow-physics modelling – an integrated approach’) have been published in a new 435-page volume edited by Werner Haase, Bertrand Aupoix, Ulf Bunge and Dieter Schwamborn. The book includes a comprehensive introduction to the project and details of methods and approaches, and it provides full reports on a variety of design applications.

Cover of new FLOMANIA publication

In their preface to FLOMANIA – A European Initiative on Flow Physics Modeling, just published by Springer-Verlag, the authors explain, “In aircraft design, efficiency is determined by the ability to accurately and reliably predict the occurrence and to model the development of turbulence flows. Hence, the main objective in industrial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is to increase the capabilities for improved predictive accuracy for both complex flows and complex geometries.”

Under the FLOMANIA project, 16 partners from the European Union, representing industry, research institutions and universities, and a partner from Russia worked to improve existing CFD methods. “When applying CFD methods to improved design, better flight performance and enlarged flight envelopes,” explain the authors, “the key aspect is always enhancement of accurate flow-physics modeling. Keeping this in mind, three main topics have been identified.” These included:

  • Improvement of current industrial turbulence models;
  • Use of sophisticated (differential/full) Reynolds stress models, which are seen to better represent flow physics;
  • Detection of application limits in (unsteady) Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes ((U)RANS) computations by applying the new Detached-Eddy Simulation (DES) method.

Successful collaboration

The authors also say, “An important aspect of the very successful and highly prolific collaboration was the workshop held in St. Petersburg in July 2003 and the final meeting in Brussels in September 2004 – both meetings attended by industrial observers as well as academics from outside FLOMANIA.”

The new book is part of the Springer-Verlag series ‘Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design’, in which the results of more than 15 EU-projects have been published since 1993. It devotes a full chapter to the description of turbulence models used by the partners, while another section focuses on lessons learned, and there is a comprehensive list of references.

The book is now available online at link.