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Rapid Prototyping Design Optimisation Using Flow Sculpting

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W. N. Dawes

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. GT2005-68239, pp. 991-1000; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2005: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Turbo Expo 2005, Parts A and B
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 6–9, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4730-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3754-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


CFD has become a mature art form and its use in turbomachinery design has become commonplace. Simple blade-blade simulations run at near interactive rates but anything involving complex geometry — like turbine cooling — turns around too slowly to participate in realistic design cycles; this is mostly due to the difficulty of modifying and meshing the geometry. Simulations for complex geometries are run afterwards as a check — rather than at the critical conceptual design phase. There is a clear opportunity for some sort of rapid prototyping but fully 3D simulation to remedy this. This paper reports work exploring the relationship between solid modelling, mesh generating and flow solving in the general context of design optimization but with the emphasis on rapid prototyping. In particular, the work is interested in the opportunities derived by tightly integrating these traditionally separate activities together within one piece of software. The near term aim is to ask the question: how might a truly virtual, rapid prototyping design system, with a tactile response like sculpting in clay, be constructed? This paper reports the building blocks supporting that ambition.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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