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Reference Desk
  • Computational Aerodynamics

There are basic and advanced texts, theoretical and applied ones. Here is a short list. Virtually all the publications contain extensive references of their own. See there for specific problems.

The most up-to-date developments are published by the von Karman Institute, Belgium. They are the lecture series in computational fluid dynamics given once or twice a year (AGARD’s Fluid Dynamics Panel no longer exists.) Look at their catalogue for details and availability.

  1. Patankar SV. Numerical Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Hemisphere Publ., 1980.
    Review: MUST HAVE. Foundations of computational heat transfer. with basics of numerical discretization schemes.

  2. Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Anderson D.A, Tannehill J.C., Pletcher R.H., Hemisphere, 1984.
    Review: MUST HAVE. Foundations of finite difference schemes, classification of PDEs, basic numerical methods and principles of grid generation. This book is very good for those starting from scratch.

  3. Applied Computational Aerodynamics, Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Vol. 125, AIAA Washington D.C. 1990.
    Review: MUST HAVE. Where is aerospace CFD today ? — Look it up. From basic numerical models (not in depths, though), to applied topics, such as airfoils, wings, aircraft, rotors. Extensive bibliography available in all the technical contributions.

  4. Ferziger JH, Peric M. Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics, Springer, 1997.
    Review: MUST HAVE. Slightly more advanced than Anderson et. at.; It contains up-to-date topics, such as LES and DNS.

  5. Peyret R. (editor), Handbook of Computational Fluid Mechanics, Academic Press, 1996
    Review: Methods for Euler, Navier-Stokes, DNS, LES; unstructured methods, from a panel of experts.

  6. Cebeci T, Smith AMO. Analysis of Turbulent Boundary Layers, Academic Press, 1974.
    Review: Computational schemes and turbulence models. Important book for those studying boundary layers, though a bit old now.

  7. Katz J, Plotkin J. Low Speed Aerodynamics, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, 1991.
    Review: MUST HAVE. It takes you from the basics all the way to 3-D panel methods, and it shows how to do it. Particularly interesting is the treatment of unsteady flows (fixed wings and rotating blades). This is so far the ultimate guide to numerical panel methods and unsteady vortex lattice methods. Short appendix with sample programs (some of them don’t work).

  8. AGARD, Computational Aerodynamics based on the Euler equations, AGARD AG-325, Sept. 1994.
    Review: Survey of methods, both structured and unstructured, boundary conditions, discretization, grids, convergence acceleration, for airfoils, wings, aircraft; speeds up to hypersonic. It also contains a section where computer codes are discussed. Recommended.

  9. Anderson JD. Computational Fluid Dynamics, McGraw-Hill, 1998.

Grid Generation

Grid generation is now integral part of most methods in computational fluid dynamics. It is worth starting from the references below to get a feeling of what it is.

  1. Thompson JF, Warsi ZUA, Mastin CW. Numerical Grid Generation, North Holland, 1985.
    Review: MUST HAVE. The foundations of grid generation are all here (algebraic and partial differential eqs. methods, grid adaptation, smoothing, etc.) Unfortunately, this book comes in a poor editorial format, with mathematics difficult to read.

  2. Sengupta S, Hauser J, Eiseman PR, Thompson JF. (editors) Numerical Grid Generation in Computational Fluid Mechanics ’88, Pineridge Press Ltd, Swansea UK, 1988.
    Review: Conference proceeding, including a very comprehensive view of CFD applications (aerospace, heat transfer, turbomachinery): block-structured and unstructured methods, adaptive, orthogonal and mapping methods.

  3. AGARD , Application of Mesh Generation to Complex 3-D Configurations, AGARD CP-464, Aug. 1989.
    Review: At a more advanced level, with theoretical developments and applications to aircraft components (airfoils, wings, nacelles, full conficurations). It discusses algebraic methods, block-structured and unstructured methods. Recommended reference.

  4. NASA, Surface Modeling, Grid Generation, and Related Issues in Computational Fluid Dynamic Solutions, NASA CP-3291, May 1995.
    Review: as above, with several applications shown.

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