Aerodynamic Optimization of an External Aerial Pod

  • Shaikha Al-Ali

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


A steady, incompressible and turbulent flow around an external pod is studied in order to optimize the geometry for minimum drag. The simulations were performed using ANSYSFluent software in a 2 dimentional and 3-dimentional computational domain with Reynold's number from 6.56×106 to 1.23×107. The 2D results showed that the optimized length of the pod is 11.4% lower than the 3D optimized length obtained via the 3D simulations. Further 3D analysis was conducted on the pod with pylon attachment and wing section. This case resembles a realistic configuration of the airborne pod.
Date of AwardDec 2019
Original languageAmerican English


  • External Aerial Pod
  • 3D analysis.

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