Aerofoil Optimisation Using CST Parameterisation in SU2

Simão Marques, Philip Hewitt

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This paper describes an implementation of the popular method of Class-Shape Transformation for aerofoil design within SU2 software framework. To exploit the adjoint based methods for aerodynamic optimisation within the SU2, a formulation to obtain geometric sensitivities from the new parameterisation is introduced, enabling the calculation of gradients with respect to new design variables. To assess the accuracy and efficiency of the alternative approach, two transonic optimisation problems are investigated: an inviscid problem with multiple constraints and a viscous problems without any constraints. Results show the new parameterisation obtaining reliable optimums, with similar levels of
performance of the software native parameterisations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2014
EventRoyal Aeronautical Society Applied Aerodynamics Group Conference - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceRoyal Aeronautical Society Applied Aerodynamics Group Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Optimisation
  • CFD
  • Adjoint
  • Aerofoil
  • SU2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation


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