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Where can I find the resources for Virtual Blade Model (VBM)

    • Nabaraj
      Subscriber

      Dear all,


      I am intending to model helicopter downwash in Fluent.


      Currently, I am using Ansys Student 18.1 (Free Version). 


      I want to use the Virtual Blade Modeler to model the helicopter rotor as mentioned in the ansys fluent brochure.


      http://www.ansys.com/-/media/Ansys/corporate/resourcelibrary/brochure/ansys-fluent-brochure-140.pdf


      It would be great if someone could direct me where I can get the tutorial/manual and the related UDF files for Virtual Blade Model Plugins.


      Kind Regards,


      Nab

    • pgl
      Ansys Employee

      Hi Nab,


      The Virtual Blade Modeler referenced in the Fluent brochure was developed by a customer, Terrafugia to solve a specific problem, illustrating that such a plugin can be developed. This Virtual Blade Modeler is not a feature that we (ANSYS) provides for use with Fluent.  Here's the brochure reference in context:



      • "...In designing a roadable aircraft, Terrafugia developed a virtual blade modeler that plugged in to Fluent and created additional capabilities to model the aircraft’s propeller...." 


      Terrafugia is developing some very interesting flying cars, see here: https://www.terrafugia.com/about-terrafugia/. You should feel free to reach out to them to ask about their Virtual Blade Model.  


      Related, user "teymour" posted a VMB methodoligy and tutorial over on CFD-Online. The tutorial can be found here. 


      Hope this helps. 

    • Nabaraj
      Subscriber

      Hi Pgl, 


      Thanks for the reply and the interesting links.


      Nab

    • pgl
      Ansys Employee

      My pleasure. I hope this proves useful. 

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