Determination of Flow Field and Structural Parameters using Inverse Interpolation Methods

Sruthi Chengalrayan, Rodrigo Pascual, Sergey V. Shkarayev, Kyle M. Hanquist

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Full flow field parameters cannot be directly measured in-flight and therefore, an inverse approach is required. This study utilizes surface data (e.g., sensors) and the inverse interpolation method to predict flow field characteristics for complex maneuvers (e.g., pitching, plunging, pitching-plunging, wind gusts) in real-time based on a pre-computed database. The inverse interpolation formulation is based on a parametric approximation of the surface conditions and is further constructed through a least-squares minimization of calculated and measured surface data. This procedure results in the governing system of linear algebraic equations, providing the unknown coefficients that accurately define the surface conditions in an efficient manner. Broadly, this inverse approach solves for the flow field and structure response based on surface conditions as opposed to solving it based on freestream conditions. In the present study, the inverse interpolation method is formulated combining governing equations for fluids and solids. They have been verified by numerical simulations carried out for solving various levels of structural and flow representations including steady and unsteady flow over plates and wings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624106354
StatePublished - 2022
EventAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2022Jul 1 2022

Publication series

NameAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum


ConferenceAIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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