Computational Aerodynamics Study of Competing Conceptual Designs for Advanced Tactical Fighter Aircraft

Waseeq Siddiqui, Hassan Naseer, Syed Mohsin Zahid, Adnan Maqsood, Shuaib Salamat, Rizwan Riaz


Advanced tactical fighter (ATF) configurations are bound to perform high angle of attack (AoA) maneuvers. However, existing conceptual design tools available in aerospace industry are based on empirical or potential flows that cannot predict aerodynamic data in nonlinear regimes. High-fidelity computational fluid dynamics algorithms have to be incorporated during conceptual design phase for better assessment between competing configurations. In this research, steady state aerodynamic analysis is conducted to compare four conceptual designs of advanced tactical fighters through Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) simulations. Prior to the study, two validation test cases were conducted based on ONERA M6 Wing and benchmark unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) design to assess the computational setup for the problem. Pressure based solver is used to model the flow field in subsonic, transonic and supersonic regimes at sea level for all four competing designs. The quantitative results include the aerodynamic forces and the longitudinal stability coefficient comparisons among the models and its components. The qualitative analyses include pressure distribution, eddy shedding and behavior of vortices at varying flow angle. Additionally, the empirical estimation for interpolation and post-stall extrapolation are carried out for further flight performance studies.


Aircraft configurations; Static aerodynamic characteristic; Pitching moments

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