Virtual gas turbine: Pre-processing and numerical simulations

Feng Wang, Mauro Carnevale, Gan Lu, Luca Di Mare, Davendu Kulkarni

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The design process of a gas turbine engine involves interrelated multi-disciplinary and multi-fidelity designs of engine components. Traditional component-based design process is not always able to capture the complicated physical phenomenon caused by component interactions. It is likely that such interactions are not resolved until hardware is built and tests are conducted. Component interactions can be captured by assembling all these components into one computational model. Nowadays, numerical solvers are fairly easy to use and the most timeconsuming (in terms of man-hours) step for large scale gas turbine simulations is the preprocessing process. In this paper, a method is proposed to reduce its time-cost and make large scale gas turbine numerical simulations affordable in the design process. The method is based on a novel featured-based in-house geometry database. It allows the meshing modules to not only extract geometrical shapes of a computational model and additional attributes attached to the geometrical shapes as well, such as rotational frames, boundary types, materials, etc. This will considerably reduce the time-cost in setting up the boundary conditions for the models in a correct and consistent manner. Furthermore, since all the geometrical modules access to the same geometrical database, geometrical consistency is satisfied implicitly. This will remove the time-consuming process of checking possible mismatching in geometrical models when many components are present. The capability of the proposed method is demonstrated by meshing the whole gas path of a mod-ern three-shaft engine and the Reynold's Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulation of the whole gas path.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME Turbo Expo 2016:
Subtitle of host publicationTurbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780791849682
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2016 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 13 Jun 201617 Jun 2016


ConferenceASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2016
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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