to be able to simulate the airflow over a wing and fuselage along with calculating the thrust of a spinning propeller would be terrific ! is that possible ?
I agree it would be great to include propulsion modelling. It's not an easy addition and I'm hardly an expert on implementing this type of thing in CFD. I see two potential ways to do it. The first is to include the propeller geometry in the model. The would require a transient simulation with a dynamic mesh. This significantly complicates the problem, and would really boost the computational requirements for droneCFD. Given that it's already quite high for the hobby user, I think this wouldn't be a good general approach. A second option may be to put in a specialised boundary condition that somehow mimics the flow generated by a generic propeller. This may provide a first order guess of what happens to the aircraft with the prop spinning. However, I don't know how to implement this, or if it is even possible. If you want to look into it, I would be more than happy to support any development effort you undertake!
thanks for your answer. I would go for the specialized boundary layer. I may be able to look into it but i rather quite new to openfoam. I will see what I can do.
SRFSimpleFoam is the way to go.
we will talk about this later