M2P 2023

Advances in Flight Simulation and Flow Instability

  • Scott, Ridgway (University of Chicago)

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A new era in flight is emerging that requires a more effective simulation strategy. Many modes are being developed industrially, including air-taxi drones and ground-effect transport. We describe an approach to simulating flight that is based on instabilities in flow and provides a new view of turbulence. The method we use is the Reynolds-Orr definition of instability that is more general than what is commonly used to define flow instability. We show that our results correlate well with what can be observed by both experiment and direct numerical simulation.