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Comparison of industrial and scientific CFD approaches for predicting cross wind stability of the NGT2 model train geometry

Fragner, Moritz and Weinman, Keith and Deiterding, Ralf and Fey, Uwe and Wagner, Claus (2015) Comparison of industrial and scientific CFD approaches for predicting cross wind stability of the NGT2 model train geometry. International Journal of Railway Technology, 4 (1), pp. 1-28. Saxe-Coburg. DOI: 10.4203/ijrt.4.1.1 ISSN 2049-5358

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Safety assessments of cross-wind influence on high-speed train operation require a detailed investigation of the aerodynamic forces acting on a vehicle. European norm 14067-6 permits the derivation of required integral force and moment coefficients by experiments as well as by numerical simulation. Utilizing the DLR’s Next Generation Train 2 model geometry, we have performed a case study comparing simulations with varying turbulence modeling assumptions. Because of its relevance for actual design, a focus lies on steady RANS computations, but more expensive unsteady RANS (URANS) and delayed detached eddy simulations (DDES) have also been carried out for comparison. Validation data for the exact same model configuration and moderate Reynolds numbers 250,000 and 450,000 is provided by side wind tunnel experiments. Particular emphasis is laid on simulating a yaw angle of 30°, for which a major vortex system on the leeward side of the train leads to sizeable uncertainties in predicted integral coefficients. At small to intermediate wind angles the flow remains attached and absolute errors in integral quantities decline with decreasing yaw angles. However, a consistent relative difference to the experimental results greater than 10% raises doubts about the general reliability of CFD methods, that are not capable of capturing laminar-turbulent transition, which is observed for scaled models in industry type wind tunnel experiments.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98460/
Document Type:Article
Title:Comparison of industrial and scientific CFD approaches for predicting cross wind stability of the NGT2 model train geometry
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Fragner, Moritzmoritz.fragner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Weinman, Keithkeith.weinman (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Deiterding, Ralfralf.deiterding (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fey, Uweuwe.fey (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wagner, Clausclaus.wagner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Railway Technology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.4203/ijrt.4.1.1
Page Range:pp. 1-28
Keywords:Trains aerodynamics, cross-wind stability, drag prediction, computational fluid dynamics, experiments, vortex shedding, RANS, URANS, DDES
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Next Generation Train III (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Fluid Systems
Deposited By: Micknaus, Ilka
Deposited On:24 Nov 2015 14:08
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:30

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