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SUPG/PSPG computational analysis of rain erosion in wind-turbine blades. (English) Zbl 1356.76160
Bazilevs, Yuri (ed.) et al., Advances in computational fluid-structure interaction and flow simulation. New methods and challenging computations. Based on the presentations at the conference, AFSI, Tokyo, Japan, March 19–21, 2014. Basel: Birkhäuser/Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-40825-5/hbk; 978-3-319-40827-9/ebook). Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology, 77-96 (2016).
Summary: Wind-turbine blades exposed to rain can be damaged by erosion if not protected. Although this damage does not typically influence the structural response of the blades, it could heavily degrade the aerodynamic performance, and therefore the power production. We present a method for computational analysis of rain erosion in wind-turbine blades. The method is based on a stabilized finite element fluid mechanics formulation and a finite element particle-cloud tracking method. Accurate representation of the flow would be essential in reliable computational turbomachinery analysis and design. The turbulent-flow nature of the problem is dealt with a RANS model and SUPG/PSPG stabilization, the particle-cloud trajectories are calculated based on the flow field and closure models for the turbulence-particle interaction, and one-way dependence is assumed between the flow field and particle dynamics. The erosion patterns are then computed based on the particle-cloud data.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1356.76009].

76M10 Finite element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76M28 Particle methods and lattice-gas methods
76D05 Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible viscous fluids
76F60 \(k\)-\(\varepsilon\) modeling in turbulence
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