Model order reduction for steady aerodynamics of high-lift configurations

Alexander Vendl*, Heike Faßbender, Stefan Goertz, Ralf Zimmermann, Michael Mifsud

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In aerodynamic applications, many model reduction methods use proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). In this work, a POD-based method, called missing point estimation (MPE), is modified and applied to steady-state flows with variation of the angle of attack. The main idea of MPE is to select a subset of the computational grid points (control volumes) and to limit the governing equations to this subset. Subsequently, the limited equations are projected onto the POD subspace. This approach has the advantage that the nonlinear right-hand side of the governing equations has to be evaluated only for a small number of points (control volumes) in contrast to POD, for which the full right-hand side has to be evaluated. An error estimation for MPE in the continuous ODE setting istackled. Numerical results are presented for the Navier–Stokes equations for two different industrially relevant, two-element high-lift airfoils, one which is normally adopted during landing and the other during take-off.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEAS Aeronautical Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)487-500
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • CFD
  • Missing point estimation
  • Model order reduction
  • Proper orthogonal decomposition
  • Steady aerodynamics


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