Colloquium: Anna Ramolini (AWEP)

30 november 2018 09:30 - Locatie: Lecture Hall D, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft.

Implementation of a Fluid Structure Interaction Solver for a Spinnaker Sail

The design of sails has always been done experimentally, and only recently simulations are starting to be used in the design process. This thesis is a first attempt in creating a solver that couples CFD and FEM in order to compute the deformed sail shape and the thrust it can provide. The complexity of the problem is both in the flow, which is fully turbulent and detached, and in the structure, which is deformable and free to move in all directions. The solver has been validated on a given testcase with satisfying results, however there is still room for improvement in terms of run times and automatization of the solver.