A cut-cell method for adaptive high-order discretizations of conjugate heat transfer problems
Author(s)Ojeda, Steven Matthew
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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Heat transfer between a conductive solid and an adjacent convective fluid is prevalent in many aerospace systems. The ability to achieve accurate predictions of the coupled heat interaction is critical in advancing thermodynamic designs. Despite their growing use, coupled fluid-solid analyses known as conjugate heat transfer (CHT) are hindered by the lack of automation and robustness. The mesh generation process is still highly dependent on user experience and resources, requiring time-consuming involvement in the analysis cycle. This thesis presents work toward developing a robust PDE solution framework for CHT simulations that autonomously provides reliable output predictions. More specifically, the framework is comprised of the following components: a simplex cut-cell technique that generates multi-regioned meshes decoupled from the design geometry, a high-order discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretization, and an anisotropic output-based adaptation method that autonomously adapts the mesh to minimize the error in an output of interest. An existing cut-cell technique is first extended to generate fully-embedded meshes with multiple sub-domains. Then, a coupled framework that combines separate disciplines is developed, while ensuring compatibility between the cut-cell and mesh adaptation algorithms. Next, the framework is applied to high-order discretizations of the heat, Navier-Stokes, and Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations to analyze the heat flux interaction. Through a series of numerical studies, high-order accurate outputs solved on autonomously controlled cut-cell meshes are demonstrated. Finally, the conjugate solutions are analyzed to gain physical insight to the coupled interaction.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-151).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aeronautics and Astronautics.