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Virtual Gas Turbine: Pre-Processing and Numerical Simulations

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Feng Wang, Mauro Carnevale, Gan Lu, Luca di Mare

Imperial College London, London, UK

Davendu Kulkarni

Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, UK

Paper No. GT2016-56227, pp. V001T01A009; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2016-56227
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Fans and Blowers; Marine
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4968-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by Rolls-Royce plc

abstract

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 time-consuming (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 modern three-shaft engine and the Reynold’s Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulation of the whole gas path.

Copyright © 2016 by Rolls-Royce plc

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