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Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Simulation around Mk 48 ADCAP Torpedoes

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posted on 2021-12-18, 19:56 authored by Austen SuqiAusten Suqi

This work utilized Pointwise and Fluent to generate a two-dimensional axisymmetric model a Mk 48 torpedo, with the intention of informing methods to reduce the turbulence, and therefore hydrodynamic noise, of the torpedo’s wake. However, this work was unable to gather data on the unsteady nature of the turbulence expected around the torpedo due to Fluent providing unrealistic results when run using a transient solver. This work shows that the transient solver computed boundary layers greater than one order of magnitude smaller than expected, and in some cases there was no change in boundary layer thickness over the torpedo’s body. The work does contain steady state solutions that were validated by first performing a grid convergence study for a flat plate. The steady state results for the flat plate and torpedo both showed the expected growth for a turbulent boundary layer. Additionally, there was a high level of convergence with the Log-Law showing that the steady state data is valid. Future work should use a transient solver to determine the characteristics of the turbulence to resolve unsteady flow from vortex shedding, wake characteristics, and any broadband or narrowband noise to develop solutions to reduce the noise made by the Mk 48.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Carlo Scalo

Additional Committee Member 2

Sally Bane

Additional Committee Member 3

Luciano Castillo