Journal of Fluid Mechanics

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Trailing-edge noise reduction using derivative-free optimization and large-eddy simulation

ALISON L. MARSDENa1, MENG WANGa2, J. E. DENNIS jra3 and PARVIZ MOINa1

a1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, CA 94305, USA

a2 Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA

a3 Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University, TX 77005, USA

Abstract

Derivative-free optimization techniques are applied in conjunction with large-eddy simulation (LES) to reduce the noise generated by turbulent flow over a hydrofoil trailing edge. A cost function proportional to the radiated acoustic power is derived based on the Ffowcs Williams and Hall solution to Lighthill's equation. Optimization is performed using the surrogate-management framework with filter-based constraints for lift and drag. To make the optimization more efficient, a novel method has been developed to incorporate Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) calculations for constraint evaluation. Separation of the constraint and cost-function computations using this method results in fewer expensive LES computations. This work demonstrates the ability to fully couple optimization to large-eddy simulation for time-accurate turbulent flow. The results demonstrate an 89% reduction in noise power, which comes about primarily by the elimination of low-frequency vortex shedding. The higher-frequency broadband noise is reduced as well, by a subtle change in the lower surface near the trailing edge.

(Received March 14 2006)

(Revised July 10 2006)

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