Discrete adjoint design optimization approach for increasing transonic buffet onset angle-of-attack

Conference Paper

© 2015, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rigths reserved. Presented is a discrete adjoint method for transonic buffet design optimization. The method is based on a frequency do-main approach for modeling unsteady aerodynamics. Automatic differentiation is used to derive the computer code representing the adjoint gradient unsteady frequency domain solver. The gradient information is then used to optimize the geometric design in order to minimize unsteady aerodynamic response near the buffet onset boundary. The methodology is demonstrated for a NACA 0012 airfoil transonic buffet configuration. Preliminary analysis indicates that design modification can be done to increase buffet onset angle-of-attack by around one degree for a flow condition where the buffet onset angle-of-attack for the nominal design is roughly three degrees, and that it is possible to do this while maintaining the symmetry of airfoil and not greatly altering the overall airfoil thickness.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thomas, JP; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

  • 16th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781624103681

Citation Source

  • Scopus