Abstract

The last decades there is a strong interest in predicting cavitation dynamics as it is a prerequisite in order to predict cavitation erosion. Industrial applications require accurate results in an acceptable time span and as a result there is a focus on large scale dynamics. In this paper the RANS equations are used to investigate the shedding frequency of sheet cavities in two-dimensional simulations. First a verification study is made for the NACA 0015 in 6 degrees angle of incidence. A grid sensitivity study is conducted in wetted flow and in steady (non-shedding) cavitating condition (σ=1.6). Then an investigation is conducted in order to capture the shedding frequency. The results show that only when a correction for turbulent viscosity at the cavity-water interface is used it was possible to capture the shedding frequency as found in other numerical studies. Furthermore, a validation study is conducted on a NACA66-312 α=0.8 for two different angles of attack. The obtained results are compared and validated with the experimental data from Leroux et al. They indicate that the 2D shedding frequency predicted by the numerical simulations is in good agreement with the frequency obtained in the experiment.

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