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Robert Fyffe (Other), George Huang (Advisor), Joseph Shang (Committee Member), Zifeng Yang (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


In this thesis, 2D CFD simulations, 3D CFD simulations, and one 2D Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) problem were investigated using combined CFD and an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) tool. Discussions focused on turbulence models, mesh sizes, prism layer sizes, under-relaxation-factor, etc. The solution of CFD simulation and FSI simulation was validated using the results of previous CFD solvers and experimental data presented in the literature. The SST model results for the 2D mixing layer, 2D airfoil near-weak, axisymmetric subsonic jet, and 2D convex curvature boundary layer studies agree with previous CFD results within a 1% error. The k-e model with wall function gives better results than the SST model in the natural convection in a square cavity case. The SST model gives accurate results in the study of the drag coefficient of a sphere. The result for the FSI simulation agrees well with previous data.

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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