Fluid mechanics, Two phase flow
Based on a two-phase boundary layer approach, a computational model is proposed to estimate the thickness of the waterfilm due to rain on the upper surface of an airfoil. The coupling between the air boundary layer and the water film is established by the conservation of mass and momentum at the interface. By a simple coordinate transformation, the interface is conformed to the finite difference grid system. Trajectory analysis of a raindrop of 1 mm diameter shows that the impingement of drops is high near the leading edge of the airfoil and decreases downstream. The finite difference equations of air/waterfilm are based on a Crank Nicholson scheme. The solution of finite difference equations at the initial station indicates a film thickness of 0.01 mm. Marching downstream along the surface of the airfoil gives raise to stability problems in the finite equations.
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Anderson, Loren A.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Chappidi, Padmanabha R., "A Computational Model to Estimate the Thickness of the Waterfilm Due to Rain on the Upper Surface of an Airfoil" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4771.