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Nonlinear Aerodynamic Software

Desktop CFD in minutes -

VSAERO couples integral
methods for potential and
boundary layer flows for low
runtimes - a complete Boeing
727 in 300 seconds. Flowfield U.S. Airship Akron
properties are computed for off- showing Body Vortex at
Angle of Attack and
body velocity surveys and on/off- Boundary Layer Velocity
body streamlines. The ability to Profiles
calculate internal and external
flows, non-uniform inflow and
body rotation, makes VSAERO
applicable to fluid flow problems
in aerospace, automotive and
marine engineering.

Special purpose modules

expand VSAERO's simulation Panel Model of MD-11 in
capabilities to nonlinear Ground Effect During Take
hydrodynamic waves, helicopter Off Rotation
rotor/ fuselage interactions, and
rigid-body flight dynamics. Zonal
coupling to Navier-Stokes codes
is available. Running on a wide
variety of computers, from Cray
Supercomputers to desktop
PCs, VSAERO is used
worldwide. VSAERO has been
used in the development of
Rutan Voyager and Beech
Starship aircraft, the Stars and
Stripes racing yachts and the
Sunraycer solar automobile.

Marine Propeller At
Advance Ratio of 0.9

Analytical Methods, Inc.

2133 152nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Solver Input
ƒ VSAERO solves the three-dimensional potential ƒ Import of mesh geometry produced by
flow equations by the boundary integral method SURFGEN preprocessor
(panel method) based on Morino’s formulation ƒ SPIN(w) GUI for specifying wakes
ƒ Viscous boundary layer effects calculated by ƒ VSAERO supports arbitrary three-dimensional
integral methods which include convergence/ bodies but only requires surface geometry
divergence terms along streamlines and are definition and meshing
coupled to the potential flow solution by surface ƒ Accepts grid point input description of surface
transpiration geometry in various forms: station, buttline or
ƒ Non-zero normal velocities model inlets and waterline cuts, non-planar sections and unstruc-
exhausts. Rotation rates for aircraft maneuvers tured
and propellers. Non-uniform wind profiles for ƒ Options for surface biquadratic interpolation of
sailboats and cars surface mesh through section/point data
ƒ Wake models for wing trailing-edge separation, ƒ User input of reference flow conditions such as
bluff-body and cross-flow separation velocity, Mach number, angles of attack and
ƒ Matrix solutions are obtained by a variety of user yaw, and Reynolds number
selected methods (user options for residual
convergence provided) which include Direct, Output
Blocked Gauss-Seidel, Banded Jacobi and
ƒ Surface and wake geometry
GMRES solvers
ƒ Surface and wake flowfield data
ƒ In-core matrix storage reduces scratch disk
ƒ Total, component, patch, and panel-set forces
and moments
ƒ On-body streamline trajectories and flow proper-
Oscillate ties including boundary layer transition, separa-
tion, and reattachment predictions
Oscillate is an option to VSAERO to calculate the ƒ Off-body flowfield data in volume grids and
aerodynamics of a structure oscillating with a along streamlines
prescribed shape, amplitude and frequency. Oscil- ƒ Added mass calculations during vehicle accel-
late calculates the steady and oscillatory pressures eration
including the in-phase (real) and out-of-phase ƒ Restart file data—complete state of solution at
(imaginary) pressures. Linear analysis is used to user specified break points
achieve calculation times equivalent to steady-state ƒ Plot file data—exports OMNI3D plot file data
calculations. The unsteady pressures can be ƒ Surface mesh data—exports surface meshes to
linearized about the freestream, or for greater SURFGEN preprocessor
accuracy, linearized from the steady-state solution.
Complete user’s manual describing the underlying
An oscillatory option to VSAERO has been theory, input variables (defaults, options, suggested
developed along with AMIDb, a program to generate values), and 60 example problems with input and
an external aerodynamic database for Nastran. output descriptions.
Aeroelastic calculations of divergence and flutter
are possible. ElasticAIC generates the aerodynamic
influence coefficients suitable for calculating
pressures on a body undergoing arbitrary
For more information about VSAERO, please

Analytical Methods, Inc.

2133 152nd Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052 USA
Telephone: 425.643.9090
Facsimile: 425.746.1299