Towards the definition of a benchmark for low Reynolds number propeller aeroacoustics

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Abstract

Experimental and numerical results of a propeller of 0.3 m diameter operated in quiescent standard ambient conditions at 5000 RPM and axial velocity ranging from 0 to 20 m/s and advance ratio ranging from 0 to 0.8 are presented as a preliminary step towards the definition of a benchmark configuration for low Reynolds number propeller aeroacoustics. The corresponding rotational tip Mach number is 0.231 and the Reynolds number based on the blade sectional chord and flow velocity in the whole radial and operational domain ranges from about 54000 to 106000. Force and noise measurements carried out in a low-speed semi-anechoic wind-tunnel are compared with scale-resolved CFD and low-fidelity numerical results. Results identify the experimental and numerical challenges of the benchmark and the relevance of fundamental research questions related to transition and other low Reynolds number effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012013
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1909
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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