Hoping to gain some help from the Flow community here. Currently a university student (undergrad), working on a final lab project. We are hopping to measure the effects on net thrust when an obstruction is placed behind a propeller. The lab setup is a 24in propeller mounted to a force balance to measure thrust, the propeller is controlled for a constant RPM. Behind the propeller (~10mm) is a flat circular disc to simulate a motor attachment or other flow obstruction. The size of this disc will be varied to determine a thrust to area realtionship.
The part of the that I am hoping for some assitance with is obtaining theorhetical results. Current knowledge leaves hand analysis to not much more than a uniform flow over a bluff body which would neglect a large number of the interesting interactions this blockage would cause. It was suggested by our professor that we use the Flow Simulation package but I haven't found anybody here that can assist with that.
I've been playing around with this a bit and am looking for some advice as for how to proceed.
Internal flow (large pipe over system) with a fan boundary condition.
External flow with constant velocity flow over obstruction
Extranal flow with propellor and a rotational frame aound this to provide the flow.
Option three seems to be best to me but I am not sure what I want to be using in the goals to get the thurst produced.
I know there is a lot here but I appreciate any and all help with this.