MultiElement Airfoil Analysis for Compressible/Incompressible Flows

MultiElement Airfoils

MultiElement Airfoils is a computer aided engineering (CAE) tool for calculating the aerodynamics of isolated or multiple airfoil shapes interacting in a flow field. Engineers and design professionals use it to rapidly and accurately compute aircraft, marine and automobile flow scenarios on an ordinary Windows based PC, notebook or tablet computer.

MultiElement Airfoils is a turn-key product that eliminates grid generation hassles and accurately computes lift, drag and moments for a group of airfoils and individual airfoils within the group. The software generates graphs of pressure, Mach number, temperature and total pressure using built-in post processing tools (it does not require additional third party software for pre or post processing).

MultiElement Airfoils is an excellent tool for optimizing cross-sectional shapes and getting the correct placement of aerodynamics components for aircraft, automobiles, boats, house hold products and other equipment.

Interactive Airfoil CFD

The full MultiElement Airfoils 5.0 solves the compressible Euler & Navier-Stokes equations for up to 20 arbitrarily placed airfols in subsonic, transonic and supersonic flows. It is a turn-key product that eliminates grid generation hassles and accurately computes lift, drag and moments for a group of airfoils and individual airfoils within the group.

Instant Flow Analysis

MultiElement Airfoils also uses a linear-strength vortex panel method to instantly analyze multiple airfoils in subsonic flows. The novel boundary layer solver accurately predicts transition, separation and stall. The program computes Cl, Cd and Cm for your custom airfoil shapes in addition the UIUC library and NACA 4, 5 and 6-digit airfoils. Watch Video

F1 Front Wing Analysis

Built-in Tools and Solutions

Feature Lite Version Full Version
2D Compressible Euler Equations
2D Compressible Navier-Navier Equations (Laminar)
Completely Automatic Grid Generation
Linear Strength Panel Method (LSPM)
Boundary Layer Solver (BLS)
Instant Flow Analysis (LSPM/BLS)
NACA 4, 5 & 6 Digit Airfoil Tool
Built-in UIUC Airfoil Database (Over 1000 airfoils)
Custom Airfoils (Text/DXF File Import)
Maximum Number of Airfoils per Analysis 20 20
Precision Airfoil Plotting Utility
Export Airfoils to DXF File
Printable Airfoil Performance Reports
Cp and Velocity Ratio Surface Plot
Cl, Cd & Cm versus Angle of Attack Plot
Lift/Drag Polar Plot
Plot of Flow Field Pressure
Airfoil Pressure Vector Plot
Streamline Plots
Flow Field Probe & Particle Trajectory
Export Tables to CSV File
3-Months Subscription $89 US N/A
Yearly Subscription $300 US $995 US

Automatic Grid Verification

Two Airfoils

Circular Cylinder

Transonic Airfoil

How Customers Use MultiElement Airfoils

"After each LEWICE run, we input the resulting iced airfoil coordinates into a two- dimensional CFD program, Multielement Airfoils, developed by Hanley Innovations"

McCann, D., Park, O., Lennartson, K. D., & Block, J. Aircraft-Specific In-flight Icing Forecasts.

"For Fig. 5, the lift and drag coefficients of a NACA 0018 foil were taken from Hanley Innovations Multi- Element software [15]."

Salter, S. H., and JR M. Taylor. "Vertical-axis tidal-current generators and the Pentland Firth." Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 221.2 (2007): 181-199.

" To design an inventive multi-element airfoil, Computational Flow Dynamics Analysis (CFD) was used. Specifically, the CFD program created by Dr. Patrick Hanley was used to design the inventive airfoil. A description of the methods used to design the airfoils according to embodiments of the invention is also presented in Appendix A of the related U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/322,783. "

Lew, Paul. "Multi-element wind turbine airfoils and wind turbines incorporating the same." U.S. Patent Application 13/083,315.

Application in Racing

The F1 DRS (drag reduction system) allows drivers to safely overtake each other in a race. One second before passing another car, the driver can activate the DRS. Actuating the system changes the geometry of the rear wing and affect the aerodynamics in two ways. First, down force (often a good thing) is reduced while drag (a bad thing) is decreased in magnitude.

MultiElement Airfoils Lite Subscription

MultiElement Airfoils (Lite) requires a PC, Laptop or tablet running MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10. Please click the buttons below to subscribe to MultiElement Airfoils (Lite Edition)

3-Months: $89 USD

One Year: $300 USD

MultiElement Airfoils Full Subscription

MultiElement Airfoils (Full) also requires a PC, Laptop or tablet running MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10. The subscription cost of the Full version is $995 per year.

Subscribe for $995 US per year

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