Investigation of Aerodynamic Characteristics of Blended-Wing-Body

Aircraft Based on Cluster System
Guo-qing ZHANG 1; Shu-xing YANG1; Song-hai XUE1
Beijing Institute of Tecnology. Beijing,100081,China

Abstract: The aerodynamic characteristics of the BWBUAV were simulated numerically based on the High
Performance Computing Cluster System. The effects on
the aerodynamic characteristics of the whole aircraft
made by the BWB were investigated. The
longitudinal/lateral characteristics of BWB and the
conventional tailless sweep wing had been compared. The
results showed that BWB configuration had the better
longitudinal aerodynamic characteristics. The causes of its
excellent characteristics can be attributed to the new
wing-body lifting design, which can improve the flowing
pattern of the surface. But its lateral stability was bad.
Therefore, it would be an important criterion that trying
to enhance the lateral stability in BWB-UAV design.
Keywords: BWB; Cluster System; sweep wing; stability;

In modern times, the war has become more and
more complicated. When every country is making great
efforts in enhancing the agility and maneuverability of
the aircrafts, some new aerodynamic distributions and
configurations are drawing more and more attention.
Especially the Blended Wing Body Aircraft - BWB
Aircraft, because of its lighter quality of the structure,
higher lift-drag ratio and stronger stealth features, has
drawn the favor of many designers. Except these, the
BWB distribution has the potential advantages such as
safety, comfort and environmental noise. So the United
States, Europe, Russia and other aviation industry have
committed huge resources to conduct the study. U.S. led
by Boeing companies bring the Langley Research
Center and Stanford University and other research
institutions had extensive and in-depth study on the
BWB, involving aerodynamic, structure, control and
power, and other disciplines[1]. Since the 1990s, People
have a higher demand on the stealth features and the
flight performance of the new generation combat aircraft
(including UAVs), removing vertical tail is easier to
meet these requirements. So the investigation of BWBUAVs has set off an upsurge in the international
aviation community.
There are a variety of BWB-UAVs programs have
entered the flight-proven stage, such as X-45,X-
47A 、 B. But in our country, the investigations of

aerodynamic characteristics of the tandem wing are very
scarce; especially the effects on the aerodynamic
characteristics of the whole aircraft made by BWB
configuration are more worthy of deep investigation.
This paper had used the mature numerical CFD
software, the vertical and horizontal aerodynamic
characteristics of two tailless configurations of the
whole aircraft had been simulated numerically and
drawn some corresponding conclusions.
Because it is aerodynamic simulation of the whole
aircraft. The amount of mesh generation has reached
over 200 million. Ordinary computer and a single server
memory have been unable to meet its accuracy and
feasibility of the requests. So this experiment was
operated on CFD numerical platform in the use of highperformance cluster system structured with parallel
cluster architecture. This system is configured with 36
Itanium 2 processors; Calculation of network is
configured with 24 interface infiniband of one
switchboard. Network management is equipped with
3Com 100M 24 interface infiniband of one switchboard.
Theoretical calculation of peak can reach 230.4 Glops.
(Glops is 10 billion calculation per second)
A. Size Function and Grid of Technology

the geometric parameters were shown as follows: wing (Trapezoidal Wing). 2 S=0.173m.1 The structural (outside) and non-structural grids of the whole numerical zones In modeling of the whole aircraft. But the key technology which affects the quality and quantity of the grids generation is to control and grasp size of the grid. for the sweep tailless distribution.3Mach. C L (15 ) had increased about 84. both the curves of lift characteristics and longitudinal moment were showing nonlinear platform. (It doesn’t change the entire structure of the network topology) As shown in Fig. The Model and Setting of the Boundary Conditions This study used the aerodynamic shape design which was the same as X-47B. Ⅳ. C L max is 48.27%. b Ag =0. enhancing the accuracy of the experiment. The temperature is 300K. as shown below ° ° . but C x 0 had no obvious changes. the experiment took the method of size function control grid size [2]. And the ∂mz < 0 .74%. pressure is greater. R e = 6 1. L=2. during meshing the non-structural grids of the wing and tail.2.Fig. compared to the conventional tailless distribution. using couple-implicit solver. the longitudinal aerodynamic characteristics of BWB had been α ° improved obviously. B.2 Comparison of the BWB and conventional tailless configuration The velocity of inlet is set 0. SIMPLE Iteration and uses wall functions.87.95 0 . the quality and size of the mesh generation will often directly affect the accuracy of the experimental results. The simulation uses K- ε turbulence model.1. it had been improved significantly. χ1 =17. Fig.06 × 10 . The Impacts on the Longtitudinal Aerodynamic Characteristics Made by BWB From the Figs we can see. when α =20 ~35 . both were longitudinal static stability. so it is set relative pressure. ∂cl And from the Figs we can see.4m. but the BWB were showing relatively better near linear aerodynamic characteristics. THE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS AND ANALYSIS A. Based on this. And the stall characteristics of the BWB become more flat. the parts of grid are refined for the whole aircraft. as shown in Fig. during the numerical simulation.415m . λ =13. which was mainly caused by the improved flow pattern of the wing root.

56、0.1316 0.56、0. Four different sections of the speed flow .7 Velocity vector distribution (X w / l w =0.0286 0.7) α = 30° the fuselage characteristics were shown at X w / l w =0.0297 19 BWB 1.36、0.05 35 84. Side edge vortex caused by the sweep wing and the As shown in Fig.0527 0.7.6 Comparison of pitching moment Fig.7.74 84.4 Comparison of polar curves Fig.3 Comparison of lift and drag characteristics Fig.27 5.44、 along the axis(X w )compared to the length of the wings 0. when (l w ).7608 0.5 Comparison of pitching moment Table 1 Aerodynamic parameter of the two configurations Aerodynamics configuration C L max α ° C L (15 ) C x0 α lj Tailless sweep wing 0.2 ° ° Fig.36、0.Fig.0312 Δ% 48. The flow pattern of BWB was obviously different from the conventional tailless configuration.44、0.

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