Exact analytical formulae for linearly distributed vortex and source sheets in uence computation in 2D vortex methods

  • K.S. Kuzmina
  • I.K. Marchevsky
  • E.P. Ryatina

We describe two different approaches to deriving integral equation for unknown vortex sheet intensity. We simulate the velocity of the surface line of an airfoil as the influence of attached vortex and source sheets. We consider a polygonal approximation of the airfoil and assume intensity distributions of free and attached vortex sheets and attached source sheet to be approximated with piecewise constant or piecewise linear (continuous or discontinuous) functions. We describe several specific numerical schemes that provide different accuracy and have a different computational cost. The study shows that a Galerkin-type approach to solving boundary integral equation requires computing several integrals and double integrals over the panels. We obtain exact analytical formulae for all the necessary integrals, which makes it possible to raise significantly the accuracy of vortex sheet intensity computation and improve the quality of velocity and vorticity field representation, especially in proximity to the surface line of the airfoil. All the formulae are written down in the invariant form and depend only on the geometric relationship between the positions of the beginnings and ends of the panels.

Edition: IOP Conf. Series: Journal of Physics: Conf. Series 918 (2017)
DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/918/1/012013