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Binns J, Wynn A, 2024, Global stability of Oldroyd-B fluids in plane Couette flow, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Vol: 324, ISSN: 0377-0257

We prove conditions for global nonlinear stability of Oldroyd-B viscoelastic fluid flows in the Couette shear flow geometry. Global stability is inferred by analysing a new functional, called a perturbation entropy, to quantify the magnitude of the polymer perturbations from their steady-state values. The conditions for global stability extend, in a physically natural manner, classical results on global stability of Newtonian Couette flow.

Journal article

O'Connor J, Laizet S, Wynn A, Edeling W, Coveney Pet al., 2024, Quantifying uncertainties in direct numerical simulations of a turbulent channel flow, Computers and Fluids, Vol: 268, ISSN: 0045-7930

Direct numerical simulation (DNS) provides unrivalled levels of detail and accuracy for simulating turbulent flows. However, like all numerical methods, DNS is subject to uncertainties arising from the numerical scheme and input parameters (e.g. mesh resolution). While uncertainty quantification (UQ) techniques are being employed more and more to provide a systematic analysis of uncertainty for lower-fidelity models, their application to DNS is still relatively rare. In light of this, the aim of this work is to apply UQ and sensitivity analysis to the DNS of a canonical wall-bounded turbulent channel flow at low Reynolds number (Re = 180). To compute the DNS, Incompact3d – a highly scalable open-source framework based on high-order compact finite differences and a spectral Poisson solver – is used as a black-box solver. Stochastic collocation is used to propagate the input uncertainties through Incompact3d to the output quantities of interest (QOIs). To facilitate the non-intrusive forward UQ analysis, the open-source EasyVVUQ package is used to provide integrated capability for sampling, pre-processing, execution, post-processing, and analysis of the computational campaign. Three separate UQ campaigns are conducted. The first two examine the effect of domain size and the numerical parameters (e.g. mesh resolution, time step, sample time), respectively, and adopt Gaussian quadrature rules combined via tensor products to sample the multi-dimensional input space. Finally, the third campaign investigates the performance of a dimension-adaptive sampling strategy that significantly reduces the computational cost compared to the full tensor product approach. The analysis focuses on the cross-channel statistical moments of the QOIs, as well as local and global sensitivity analyses to assess the sensitivity of each QOI with respect to each individual input. This enables an assessment of the robustness and sensitivity of DNS to the user-defined numerical paramete

Journal article

Gori F, Laizet S, Wynn A, 2023, Sensitivity analysis of wake steering optimisation for wind farm power maximisation, Wind Energy Science, Vol: 8, Pages: 1425-1451, ISSN: 2366-7443

Modern large-scale wind farms consist of multiple turbines clustered together, usually in well-structured formations. Clustering has a number of drawbacks during a wind farm's operation, as some of the downstream turbines will inevitably operate in the wake of those upstream, with a significant reduction in power output and an increase in fatigue loads. Wake steering, a control strategy in which upstream wind turbines are misaligned with the wind to redirect their wakes away from downstream turbines, is a promising strategy to mitigate power losses. The purpose of this work is to investigate the sensitivity of open-loop wake steering optimisation in which an internal predictive wake model is used to determine the farm power output as a function of the turbine yaw angles. Three different layouts are investigated with increasing levels of complexity. A simple 2×1 farm layout under aligned conditions is first considered, allowing for a careful investigation of the sensitivity to wake models and operating conditions. A medium-complexity case of a generic 5×5 farm layout under aligned conditions is examined to enable the study of a more complex design space. The final layout investigated is the Horns Rev wind farm (80 turbines), for which there have been very few studies of the performance or sensitivity of wake steering optimisation. Overall, the results indicate a strong sensitivity of wake steering strategies to both the analytical wake model choice and the particular implementation of algorithms used for optimisation. Significant variability can be observed in both farm power improvement and optimal yaw settings, depending on the optimisation setup. Through a statistical analysis of the impact of optimiser initialisation and a study of the multi-modal and discontinuous nature of the underlying farm power objective functions, this study shows that the uncovered sensitivities represent a fundamental challenge to robustly identifying globally optimal solutio

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O'Connor J, Diessner M, Wilson K, Whalley R, Wynn A, Laizet Set al., 2023, Optimisation and analysis of streamwise-varying wall-normal blowing in a turbulent boundary layer, Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Vol: 110, Pages: 993-1021, ISSN: 0003-6994

Skin-friction drag is a major engineering concern, with wide-ranging consequences across many industries. Active flow-control techniques targeted at minimising skin friction have the potential to significantly enhance aerodynamic efficiency, reduce operating costs, and assist in meeting emission targets. However, they are difficult to design and optimise. Furthermore, any performance benefits must be balanced against the input power required to drive the control. Bayesian optimisation is a technique that is ideally suited to problems with a moderate number of input dimensions and where the objective function is expensive to evaluate, such as with high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations. In light of this, this work investigates the potential of low-intensity wall-normal blowing as a skin-friction drag reduction strategy for turbulent boundary layers by combining a high-order flow solver (Incompact3d) with a Bayesian optimisation framework. The optimisation campaign focuses on streamwise-varying wall-normal blowing, parameterised by a cubic spline. The inputs to be optimised are the amplitudes of the spline control points, whereas the objective function is the net-energy saving (NES), which accounts for both the skin-friction drag reduction and the input power required to drive the control (with the input power estimated from real-world data). The results of the optimisation campaign are mixed, with significant drag reduction reported but no improvement over the canonical case in terms of NES. Selected cases are chosen for further analysis and the drag reduction mechanisms and flow physics are highlighted. The results demonstrate that low-intensity wall-normal blowing is an effective strategy for skin-friction drag reduction and that Bayesian optimisation is an effective tool for optimising such strategies. Furthermore, the results show that even a minor improvement in the blowing efficiency of the device used in the present work will lead to meaningful

Journal article

Arslan A, Fantuzzi G, Craske J, Wynn Aet al., 2023, Rigorous scaling laws for internally heated convection at infinite Prandtl number, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol: 64, Pages: 1-24, ISSN: 0022-2488

We prove rigorous scaling laws for measures of the vertical heat transport enhancement in two models of convection driven by uniform internal heating at infinite Prandtl number. In the first model, a layer of incompressible fluid is bounded by horizontal plates held at the same constant temperature and convection reduces the fraction of the total dimensionless heat input per unit volume and time escaping the layer through the bottom boundary. We prove that this fraction decreases no faster than O(R−2), where R is a “flux” Rayleigh number quantifying the strength of the internal heating relative to diffusion. The second model, instead, has a perfectly insulating bottom boundary, so all heat must escape through the top one. In this case, we prove that the Nusselt number, defined as the ratio of the total-to-conductive vertical heat flux, grows no faster than O(R4). These power-law bounds improve on exponential results available for fluids with finite Prandtl number. The proof combines the background method with a minimum principle for the fluid’s temperature and with Hardy–Rellich inequalities to exploit the link between the vertical velocity and temperature available at infinite Prandtl number.

Journal article

Gori F, Wynn A, Laizet S, 2023, Sensitivity of wind farm wake steering strategies to analytical wake models, Pages: 669-677

The aerodynamic interactions between wind turbines arranged in farm layout lead to annual energy production losses ranging from 10% to 30%. Wake steering represents a promising strategy in wind farm control for power loss mitigation. The purpose of this work is to assess the sensitivity of optimal wake steering strategies to both analytical wake model choice and optimisation parameters. Using the FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) framework, different wake models are employed to optimise a 4 × 4 farm layout for power maximisation. Model comparison findings indicate significant discrepancies in absolute power predictions for optimal set-points, as well as in optimal decision variables, with different or even opposite optimal yaw angle settings. Initialisation sensitivity results show that solutions corresponding to local extrema lead to potential power losses up to 14% compared to the global maximum for power production. Moreover, wind farm power function is observed to be multi-modal and discontinuous, suggesting that care must be taken when using gradient-based methods in wake steering optimisation.

Conference paper

Diessner M, O'Connor J, Wynn A, Laizet S, Guan Y, Wilson K, Whalley RDDet al., 2022, Investigating Bayesian optimization for expensive-to-evaluate black box functions: Application in fluid dynamics, FRONTIERS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, Vol: 8

Journal article

Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2022, Adaptive sampling for interpolation of reduced-order aeroelastic systems, AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development, Vol: 60, Pages: 6183-6202, ISSN: 0001-1452

A new strategy for the interpolation of parametric reduced-order models of dynamic aeroelastic systems is introduced. Its aim is to accelerate the numerical exploration of geometrically nonlinear aeroelastic systems over large design spaces or multiple flight conditions. The parametric reduced-order models are obtained from high-dimensional models by Krylov-subspace projection. They are subsequently interpolated to acquire realizations inexpensively anywhere in the parameter space, where having the state space as opposed to interpolating an output metric permits the use of linear analysis tools. The interpolation scheme is heavily conditioned by the available training points; thus, a novel methodology based on adaptive sampling and a combinatorial use of the available true-systems knowledge is presented, whereby we reuse all known data of the true models as different combinations of training and testing data to build statistical surrogates of the interpolation error across the parameter space and refine the sampling in those regions that need it. This minimizes the number of costly to evaluate function calls and ensures that parameter space regions are sampled according to the underlying system dynamics. The initial implementation of this adaptive sampling strategy is demonstrated on a very flexible wing with a complex stability envelope.

Journal article

Arslan A, Fantuzzi G, Craske J, Wynn Aet al., 2022, Rigorous scaling laws for internally heated convection at infinite Prandtl number, Publisher: arXiv

New bounds are proven on the mean vertical convective heat transport, ⟨wT⟩¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯, for uniform internally heated (IH) convection in the limit of infinite Prandtl number. For fluid in a horizontally-periodic layer between isothermal boundaries, we show that ⟨wT⟩¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯≤12−cR−2, where R is a nondimensional `flux' Rayleigh number quantifying the strength of internal heating and c=216. Then, ⟨wT⟩¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯=0 corresponds to vertical heat transport by conduction alone, while ⟨wT⟩¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯>0 represents the enhancement of vertical heat transport upwards due to convective motion. If, instead, the lower boundary is a thermal insulator, then we obtain ⟨wT⟩¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯≤12−cR−4, with c≈0.0107. This result implies that the Nusselt number Nu, defined as the ratio of the total-to-conductive heat transport, satisfies Nu≲R4. Both bounds are obtained by combining the background method with a minimum principle for the fluid's temperature and with Hardy--Rellich inequalities to exploit the link between the vertical velocity and temperature. In both cases, power-law dependence on R improves the previously best-known bounds, which, although valid at both infinite and finite Prandtl numbers, approach the uniform bound exponentially with R.

Working paper

Kumar A, Arslan A, Fantuzzi G, Craske J, Wynn Aet al., 2022, Analytical bounds on the heat transport in internally heated convection, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN: 0022-1120

We obtain an analytical bound on the mean vertical convective heat flux$\langle w T \rangle$ between two parallel boundaries driven by uniforminternal heating. We consider two configurations, one with both boundaries heldat the same constant temperature, and the other one with a top boundary held atconstant temperature and a perfectly insulating bottom boundary. For the firstconfiguration, Arslan et al. (J. Fluid Mech. 919:A15, 2021) recently providednumerical evidence that Rayleigh-number-dependent corrections to the only knownrigorous bound $\langle w T \rangle \leq 1/2$ may be provable if the classicalbackground method is augmented with a minimum principle stating that thefluid's temperature is no smaller than that of the top boundary. Here, weconfirm this fact rigorously for both configurations by proving bounds on$\langle wT \rangle$ that approach $1/2$ exponentially from below as theRayleigh number is increased. The key to obtaining these bounds are innerboundary layers in the background fields with a particular inverse-powerscaling, which can be controlled in the spectral constraint using Hardy andRellich inequalities. These allow for qualitative improvements in the analysisnot available to standard constructions.

Journal article

Muñoz-Simón A, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2022, Some modelling improvements for prediction of wind turbine rotor loads in turbulent wind, Wind Energy, Vol: 25, Pages: 333-353, ISSN: 1095-4244

This paper investigates the accuracy of three aerodynamic models to compute loads on wind turbine rotors under turbulent inflow: Blade Element Momentum (BEM); Unsteady Vortex LatticeMethod (UVLM) and Large Eddy Simulation with Actuator Line (LES-AL). Turbulent inflow conditions are numerically generated with a new approach that combines control of turbulence andrealistic velocity spectrum by using Mann boxes and LES simulations, respectively. Several deficiencies of the tested models are found and overcome through proposed improvements. First,the BEM assumption of independent radial sections does not hold in turbulent cases with longblades. Thus, a spatial filter to account for the interaction of radial sections in BEM is designedthrough the analysis of these interactions with UVLM. Second, the absence of viscous drag inUVLM is observed to lead to a very high rotor power coefficient, and it is shown that this canbe mitigated by including drag in UVLM with a BEM-like-approach through look-up tables. Third,the free wake model in UVLM, required to accurately capture rotor thrust, significantly increasescomputational cost. For this reason, a new wake discretisation scheme for the wake convectionequation in UVLM is proposed, in which a coarse discretisation is employed far from the solidsurfaces, which significantly reduces the computational time. Finally, these improvements andthe performance of the three fidelities are analysed in a reference 10 MW wind turbine rotordemonstrating, in general, good agreement.

Journal article

Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios R, Drachinsky A, Raveh DEet al., 2022, Flutter predictions for very flexible wing wind tunnel test, Journal of Aircraft: devoted to aeronautical science and technology, Vol: 59, Pages: 1082-1097, ISSN: 0021-8669

The stability boundaries of a very flexible wing are sought to inform a wind-tunnel flutter test campaign. The objective is twofold: to identify via simulation the relevant physical processes to be explored while ensuring safe and non-destructive experiments, and to provide a benchmark case for which computational models and test data are freely available. Analyses have been independently carried out using two geometrically nonlinear structural models coupled with potential flow aerodynamics. The models are based on a prototype of the wing for which static load and aeroelastic tests are available, and the experimental results have been successfully reproduced numerically. The wing displays strong geometrically nonlinear effects with static deformations as high as 50% of its span. This results in substantial changes to its structural dynamics, which display several mode crossings that cause the flutter mechanisms to change as a function of deformation. Stability characteristics depend on both the free-stream velocity and the angle of attack. A fast drop of the flutter speed is observed as the wing deforms as the angle of attack is increased, while a large stable region is observed for wing displacements over 25%. The corresponding wind tunnel dynamic tests have validated these predictions.

Journal article

Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2021, Fast flutter evaluation of very flexible wing using interpolation on an optimal training dataset, AIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum, Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Pages: 1-21

Machine learning strategies can be efficiently used to accelerate the exploration of the design space or flight envelope of highly flexible aeroelastic systems. In this paper, we explore the use of interpolation between parametric state-space realizations to, with few true systems sampled in the parameter space, produce with adequate accuracy a state-space model anywhere in the parameter space. The location of the sampling points is shown to be decisive thus the selection of these points takes the focus in this work. Several approaches are explored, putting emphasis on adaptive schemes that locate the optimal points in the parameter space that are needed to capture the changing system dynamics. Since the evaluation of the true system is costly, optimization techniques based on statistical surrogate models are sought, which need to be trained but are effective in locating the best locations to use as sampling data. A novel method inspired by Bayesian optimization is used to make the most out of a limited number of known state-spaces by taking different combinations as training and testing data of the statistical surrogate, leading to not only an accurate interpolation framework but also to a reduction of 50% of the number of costly full system evaluations compared to a standard Bayesian optimization set-up. These methods are demonstrated on the Pazy wing, a very flexible wing with a complex stability envelope, whereby we produce a very accurate representation of the flutter envelope at a reduced computational cost.

Conference paper

Wynn A, Artola M, Palacios R, 2021, Nonlinear optimal control for gust load alleviation with a physics-constrained data-driven internal model, AIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum, Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Pages: 1-22

A data-driven strategy is developed to improve the internal models used for predictive control in nonlinear aeroelastic applications. A nonlinear modal formulation of the structure is retained, while an identified quadratic model for both the gravitational forces and the aerodynamics are obtained from a least-squares fit with LASSO regularisation from simulated flights. This is first seen to improve the accuracy of the resulting reduced-order model for open-loop predictions on both gust response and a payload drop problem. Its superior performance as internal model for nonlinear control and estimation is finally demonstrated numerically.

Conference paper

Artola M, Rodriguez C, Wynn A, Palacios R, Leugering Get al., 2021, Optimisation of Region of Attraction Estimates for the Exponential Stabilisation of the Intrinsic Geometrically Exact Beam Model, 2021 60th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Publisher: IEEE

Conference paper

Fantuzzi G, Arslan A, Wynn A, 2021, The background method: Theory and computations, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol: 380, ISSN: 1364-503X

The background method is a widely used technique to bound mean properties of turbulent flows rigorously. This work reviews recent advances in the theoretical formulation and numerical implementation of the method. First, we describe how the background method can be formulated systematically within a broader "auxiliary function" framework for bounding mean quantities, and explain how symmetries of the flow and constraints such as maximum principles can be exploited. All ideas are presented in a general setting and are illustrated on Rayleigh-Bénard convection between stress-free isothermal plates. Second, we review a semidefinite programming approach and a timestepping approach to optimizing bounds computationally, revealing that they are related to each other through convex duality and low-rank matrix factorization. Open questions and promising directions for further numerical analysis of the background method are also outlined.

Journal article

Arslan A, Fantuzzi G, Craske J, Wynn Aet al., 2021, Bounds on internally heated convection with fixed boundary heat flux, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol: 992, Pages: R1-R1, ISSN: 0022-1120

We prove a new rigorous bound for the mean convective heat transport ⟨wT⟩, where w and T are the non-dimensional vertical velocity and temperature, in internally heated convection between an insulating lower boundary and an upper boundary with a fixed heat flux. The quantity ⟨wT⟩ is equal to half the ratio of convective to conductive vertical heat transport, and also to 12 plus the mean temperature difference between the top and bottom boundaries. An analytical application of the background method based on the construction of a quadratic auxiliary function yields ⟨wT⟩≤12(12+13√)−1.6552R−(1/3) uniformly in the Prandtl number, where R is the non-dimensional control parameter measuring the strength of the internal heating. Numerical optimisation of the auxiliary function suggests that the asymptotic value of this bound and the −1/3 exponent are optimal within our bounding framework. This new result halves the best existing (uniform in R) bound (Goluskin, Internally Heated Convection and Rayleigh–Bénard Convection, Springer, 2016, table 1.2), and its dependence on R is consistent with previous conjectures and heuristic scaling arguments. Contrary to physical intuition, however, it does not rule out a mean heat transport larger than 12 at high R, which corresponds to the top boundary being hotter than the bottom one on average.

Journal article

Arslan A, Fantuzzi G, Craske J, Wynn Aet al., 2021, Bounds on heat transport for convection driven by internal heating, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol: 919, Pages: 1-34, ISSN: 0022-1120

The mean vertical heat transport ⟨wT⟩ in convection between isothermal plates driven by uniform internal heating is investigated by means of rigorous bounds. These are obtained as a function of the Rayleigh number R by constructing feasible solutions to a convex variational problem, derived using a formulation of the classical background method in terms of quadratic auxiliary functions. When the fluid's temperature relative to the boundaries is allowed to be positive or negative, numerical solution of the variational problem shows that best previous bound ⟨wT⟩≤1/2 can only be improved up to finite R. Indeed, we demonstrate analytically that ⟨wT⟩≤2−21/5R1/5 and therefore prove that ⟨wT⟩<1/2 for R<65536. However, if the minimum principle for temperature is invoked, which asserts that internal temperature is at least as large as the temperature of the isothermal boundaries, then numerically optimised bounds are strictly smaller than 1/2 until at least R=3.4×105. While the computational results suggest that the best bound on ⟨wT⟩ approaches 1/2 asymptotically from below as R→∞, we prove that typical analytical constructions cannot be used to prove this conjecture.

Journal article

Artola M, Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios Ret al., 2021, Aeroelastic control and estimation with a minimal nonlinear modal description, AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development, Vol: 59, Pages: 2697-2713, ISSN: 0001-1452

Modal-based, nonlinear Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE) and Model Predictive Control(MPC) strategies for very flexible aeroelastic systems are presented. They are underpinned by an aeroelastic model built from a 1D intrinsic (based on strains and velocities) description of geometrically-nonlinear beams and an unsteady Vortex Lattice aerodynamic model. Construction of a nonlinear, modal-based, reduced order model of the aeroelastic system, employing a state-space realisation of the linearised aerodynamics around an arbitrary reference point, allows us to capture the main nonlinear geometrical couplings at a very low computational cost. Embedding this model in both MHE and MPC strategies, which solve the system continuous-time adjoints efficiently to compute sensitivities, lays the foundations for real-time estimation and control of highly flexible aeroelastic systems. Finally, the performance and versatility of the framework operating in the nonlinear regime is demonstrated on two very flexible wing models, with notably different dynamics, and on two different control setups: a gust-load alleviation problem on a very high aspect ratio wing with slower dynamics, which involves substantial deflections; and flutter suppression on a flexible wing with significantly faster dynamics, where an unconventional nonlinear stabilisation mechanism is unveiled.

Journal article

Artola M, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2021, Modal-based model predictive control of multibody very flexible structures, 21st IFAC World Congress on Automatic Control - Meeting Societal Challenges, Publisher: Elsevier, Pages: 7472-7478, ISSN: 2405-8963

A model predictive control strategy for flexible multibody structures undergoing large deformations is presented. The dynamics of such structures are highly nonlinear, with local effects introduced by the joint constraints and distributed effects arising from the structure’s increased flexibility, from which arbitrary large deflections and rotations can be expected. A modal-based nonlinear reduced order model of an intrinsic description (based on velocities and strains) of geometrically-exact beams is used to underpin the internal model. This low-order model, constructed using the linearised eigenfunctions of the constrained structures, is a set of nonlinear ordinary differential equations in time (i.e. no algebraic equations are present) thus facilitating analysis and demonstrating successful control. Numerical examples are presented based on a very flexible hinged two-link manipulator.

Conference paper

Artola M, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2021, Modal-based nonlinear model predictive control for 3D very flexible structures, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol: 67, ISSN: 0018-9286

In this paper a novel NMPC scheme is derived, which is tailored to the underlying structure of the intrinsic description of geometrically exact nonlinear beams (in which velocities and strains are primary variables). This is an important class of PDE models whose behaviour is fundamental to the performance of flexible structural systems (e.g., wind turbines, High-Altitude Long-Endurance aircraft). Furthermore, this class contains the much-studied Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam models, but has significant additional complexity (to capture 3D effects and arbitrarily large displacements) and requires explicit computation of rotations in the PDE dynamics to account for orientation-dependent forces such as gravity. A challenge presented by this formulation is that uncontrollable modes necessarily appear in any finite dimensional approximation to the PDE dynamics. We show, however, that an NMPC scheme can be constructed in which the error introduced by the uncontrollable modes can be explicitly controlled. Furthermore, in challenging numerical examples exhibiting considerable deformation and nonlinear effects, it is demonstrated that the asymptotic error can be made insignificant (from a practical perspective) usingour NMPC scheme and excellent performance is obtained evenwhen applied to a highly resolved numerical simulation of thePDEs. We also present a generalisation of Kelvin-Voigt dampingto the intrinsic description of geometrically-exact beams. Finally,special emphasis is placed on constructing a framework suitablefor real-time NMPC control, where the particular structure ofthe underlying PDEs is exploited to obtain both efficient finite-dimensional models and numerical schemes.

Journal article

Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2021, Parametric Krylov-based order reduction of aircraft aeroelastic models, AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Pages: 1-25

We present an interpolation-based scheme to obtain in real-time linearised aeroelastic models of very flexible aircraft at any flight condition within the flight envelope. First, in an offline phase, a library of reduced-order linear aeroelastic models is computed by finding the nonlinear equilibrium (trimmed aircraft) using a nonlinear, geometrically-exact beam formulation coupled with an Unsteady Vortex Lattice Method. Subsequent linearisation is achieved analytically and followed by reduction using Krylov subspace methods. The interpolation is performed directly on the reduced-order system matrices, which are projected onto a congruent coordinate system for compatibility. Any interpolation scheme of choice can be used, and the size of the models permits real-time computation.

Conference paper

Artola M, Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios Ret al., 2021, Proof of concept for a hardware-in-the-loop nonlinear control framework for very flexible aircraft, AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, Publisher:, Pages: 1-26

Nonlinear Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE) and Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategies for very flexible aircraft are presented. They are underpinned by a nonlinear reduced-order model built upon the structure’s natural modes of vibration. This internal model aims for a minimal realisation of the aircraft which retains sufficient information to enable efficient real-time estimation and control. It is based on a modal intrinsic description of geometrically-nonlinear beams and a linearised unsteady vortex lattice aerodynamic model. Numerical evidence has shown that models of this form are able to capture the main nonlinear geometrical couplings at a very low computational cost. This opens the door to MHE and MPC strategies, which are naturally more computationally demanding than other linear conventional strategies, but are more versatile and able to provide control in the usually neglected nonlinear regime. The proposed control framework is tested on models built in an in-house open-source nonlinear aeroelasticity simulation and analysis package, to emulate the controller performance on a realistic plant model. Very satisfactory results are obtained in a flutter suppression problem involving a very flexible clamped wing, where the nonlinearity of the problem is leveraged by the internal model to achieve stabilisation, and a payload drop control of a very flexible HALE aircraft.

Conference paper

Goizueta N, Wynn A, Palacios R, Drachinsky A, Raveh DEet al., 2021, Flutter prediction for a very flexible wing wind tunnel test, AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, Pages: 1-17

Two different nonlinear aeroelastic tool sets, SHARPy and the Modal Rotation Method (MRM), have been employed to predict and design a wind tunnel flutter test campaign of a very flexible wing, the Pazy Wing, as part of the 3rd Aeroelastic Prediction Workshop. The first method, SHARPy, uses geometrically exact beams coupled with an Unsteady Vortex Lattice, which is linearised about a deformed configuration, reduced by means of Krylov subspaces and analysed to compute the stability boundaries of the wing. The MRM is based on structural modal data, from either beam models or finite element models, coupled with a doublet-lattice aerodynamic model from ZAERO of the straight wing configuration. The excellent agreement between numerical and experimental data for structural-only and static aeroelastic analyses paves the way for predicting the stability boundaries of the Pre-Pazy wing with sufficient confidence for the safe design of a flutter wind tunnel test campaign.

Conference paper

Artola M, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2021, Generalized Kelvin–Voigt damping models for geometrically nonlinear beams, AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development, Vol: 59, Pages: 356-365, ISSN: 0001-1452

Strain-rate-based damping is investigated in the strong form of the intrinsic equations of three-dimensional geometrically exact beams. Kelvin–Voigt damping, often limited in the literature to linear or two-dimensional beam models, is generalized to the three-dimensional case, including rigid-body motions. The result is an elegant infinite-dimensional description of geometrically exact beams that facilitates theoretical analysis and sets the baseline for any chosen numerical implementation. In particular, the dissipation rates and equilibrium points of the system are derived for the most general case and for one in which a first-order approximation of the resulting damping terms is taken. Finally, numerical examples are given that validate the resulting model against a nonlinear damped Euler–Bernoulli beam (where detail is given on how an equivalent description using our intrinsic formulation is obtained) and support the analytical results of energy decay rates and equilibrium solutions caused by damping. Throughout the paper, the relevance of damping higher-order terms, arising from the geometrically exact description, to the accurate prediction of its effect on the dynamics of highly flexible structures is highlighted.

Journal article

Muñoz-Simón A, Palacios R, Wynn A, 2020, Scripts illustrating some modelling improvements for prediction of wind turbine rotor loads in turbulent wind

This repository contains some files to complement the publication "Some modelling improvements for prediction of wind turbine rotor loads in turbulent wind".


Muñoz-Simón A, Palacios R, Wynn A, 2020, Benchmarking different fidelities in wind turbine aerodynamics under yaw, The Science of Making Torque from Wind (TORQUE 2020), Publisher: IOP Publishing, Pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1742-6588

This paper analyses the aerodynamics of wind turbines under yaw with different modelling fidelities (BEM, BEM with skewed wake model, UVLM and LES-AL). First of all, models are compared in a zero-yaw case to demonstrate their accuracy in prediction of out-of-plane loads and the discrepancy of UVLM in the in-plane loads due to the lack of viscous drag. Secondly, the yaw aerodynamics are described through the advancing/retreating and skewed wake effects, which are appropriately captured by UVLM and LES-AL and lead to an incorrect prediction of the location of maximum and minimum loading along a revolution by BEM. Further, when a skew-wake model is included in BEM, it predicts the correct locations but exhibits overly large loading variations. These predictions are consistent for all yaw angles studied (γ = 10° − 30°). All solvers predict similar decrease of root-bending moments, rotor power and thrust coefficients up to a yaw angle of 10°. However, at larger yaw angles, BEM overpredicts this decrease of coefficients with the yaw angle due to the unsuccessful performance of yaw corrections as opposed to UVLM that inherently accounts for three-dimensional effects. This study demonstrates the need to use computational models that can account for three-dimensional effects in the computation of aerodynamic loads for yaw angles above 10°.

Conference paper

Zheng Y, Fantuzzi G, Papachristodoulou A, Goulart P, Wynn Aet al., 2020, Chordal decomposition in operator-splitting methods for sparse semidefinite programs, Mathematical Programming, Vol: 180, Pages: 489-532, ISSN: 0025-5610

We employ chordal decomposition to reformulate a large and sparse semidefinite program (SDP), either in primal or dual standard form, into an equivalent SDP with smaller positive semidefinite (PSD) constraints. In contrast to previous approaches, the decomposed SDP is suitable for the application of first-order operator-splitting methods, enabling the development of efficient and scalable algorithms. In particular, we apply the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) to solve decomposed primal- and dual-standard-form SDPs. Each iteration of such ADMM algorithms requires a projection onto an affine subspace, and a set of projections onto small PSD cones that can be computed in parallel. We also formulate the homogeneous self-dual embedding (HSDE) of a primal-dual pair of decomposed SDPs, and extend a recent ADMM-based algorithm to exploit the structure of our HSDE. The resulting HSDE algorithm has the same leading-order computational cost as those for the primal or dual problems only, with the advantage of being able to identify infeasible problems and produce an infeasibility certificate. All algorithms are implemented in the open-source MATLAB solver CDCS. Numerical experiments on a range of large-scale SDPs demonstrate the computational advantages of the proposed methods compared to common state-of-the-art solvers.

Journal article

Fantuzzi G, Nobili C, Wynn A, 2020, New bounds on the vertical heat transport for Bénard-Marangoni convection at infinite Prandtl number, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol: 885, Pages: R4-1-R4-12, ISSN: 0022-1120

We prove a new rigorous upper bound on the vertical heat transport for Bénard–Marangoni convection of a two- or three-dimensional fluid layer with infinite Prandtl number. Precisely, for Marangoni number 𝑀𝑎≫1 the Nusselt number 𝑁𝑢 is bounded asymptotically by 𝑁𝑢⩽const.×𝑀𝑎2/7(ln𝑀𝑎)−1/7 . Key to our proof are a background temperature field with a hyperbolic profile near the fluid’s surface and new estimates for the coupling between temperature and vertical velocity.

Journal article

Muñoz-Simón A, Wynn A, Palacios R, 2020, Unsteady and three-dimensional aerodynamic effects on wind turbine rotor loads, AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum, Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Pages: 1-22

The paper investigates the use of vortex methods in the computation of important flows for wind turbine aerodynamics. These flows are characterised by inflow velocity unsteadiness, spatial variations and non-zero spanwise component. First, computational vortex methods are shown to match analytical solutions on simple geometries. Second, these geometries will be studied to reveal the effects of these flows on airfoil aerodynamics: unsteady damping and load reduction when subjected to side slip or spanwise inflow velocity variations. Finally, vortex methods will be compared with traditional BEM methods in full wind turbine configurations under real operating inflows such as shear, yaw and turbulence which are characterised by unsteadiness and three-dimensional effects. Vortex methods allow quantifying the error of BEM methods for these conditions.

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