Dr. Mark Ricklick (Assistant Professor for AE) presented his research at the 50th AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference (JPC). JPC was held July 28-30, 2014 in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Ricklick presented his work entitled “Comparison of Heat Transfer Predictions for Various Turbulence Models in a Pin Fin Channel.”
In this ongoing work, commercially available turbulence models were benchmarked against experimental data. It was shown that a particular model was able to match experimental heat transfer rates within 12% over the majority of the geometry. These results are important for gas turbine designers, who increasingly rely on computational models for engine design. Continued efforts include the development of in-house experimental facilities such that a more thorough understanding of the computational limitations can be achieved.