AIAA Paper 2004-1233. Presented at the 42nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 5, 2004, pages 1-14. This article is in the public domain. Published by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Russell M. Cummings was on sabbatical leave from Cal Poly.
Three-dimensional multi-element wings are simulated to investigate slat and flap aerodynamics using Detached-Eddy Simulation. The computations are performed by solving the Navier-Stokes equations on unstructured grids. All of the computed cases include the main wing with a half-span flap deflected to 39 degrees and a three-quarter-span slat deflected to 6 degrees. Computations of the model, which simulates a landing configuration at 10 degrees angle of attack and a chord-based Reynolds number of 3.7 million, are validated with surface pressure measurements acquired at the NASA Ames 7- by 10-Foot Wind Tunnel. The results increase the computational knowledge of how to accurately model the flow physics of a multi-element wing with three-dimensional flow by using Detached-Eddy Simulation.