NASA 1998 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 98-1 06.05-0818

PROJECT TITLE: High-Lift Transition Prediction Module

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

It is now widely-accepted that the knowledge of boundary-layer transition onset is crucial for the prediction of aerodynamic performance of high-lift systems using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods. Currently, no CFD code has a built-in reliable transition prediction capability which forces designers to rely on the wind tunnel data to fix transition in the CFD computations. There are two problems with this approach. First, transition onset data are not available for all the conditions on all airfoil elements. Second, and more importantly, wind tunnel results do not scale to flight due to the environmental effects on transition. This prevents CFD computations from accurately determining the performance of new high-lift devices under flight conditions. A fast high-lift transition prediction module, which could be plugged into various CFD codes, is in dire need. The proposed project is aimed at fulfilling this need. A physics-based transition prediction module will be developed which could be easily incorporated in existing CFD codes for designing multi-element airfoils and for optimizing high-lift devices. The proposed module, after phase I research and phase II development, will be suitable for production CFD codes.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

This physics-based, transition prediction module will be employed in all CFD codes used to design high-lift systems for subsonic aircraft as well as High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT). In fact, this module will be of use in all aerodynamic designs, not just high-lift systems.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Ray-Sing Lin
High Technology Corporation
28 Research Drive
Hampton , VA 23666

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR

High Technology Corporation
28 Research Drive
Hampton , VA 23666