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A Turbomachinery Design Tool for Teaching Design Concepts for Axial-Flow Fans, Compressors, and Turbines

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Mark G. Turner

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Ali Merchant

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Dario Bruna

University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Paper No. GT2006-90105, pp. 937-952; 16 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Combustion and Fuels, Education
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4236-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


A new turbomachinery design system, T-AXI, is described and demonstrated. It is intended primarily for use by educators and students, although it is sophisticated enough for actual designs. The codes, example cases and a user’s manual are available through the authors’ web sites. The design system can be used to design multistage compressors and turbines from a small number of physical design parameters. Students can understand the connection between these physical parameters such as Mach number and flow angles to the cross sectional area and angular momentum. There is also a clear connection between the angular momentum, work and blade loadings. Loss models are built-in and results are compared against tested geometries. The code also has a built-in blade geometry generator and the geometry can be output for running the MISES blade-to-blade solver on each section or visualizing the blades. A single stage compressor from the US Air Force Stage Matching Investigation rig, the 10 stage NASA/GE EEE high pressure compressor and the NASA/GE EEE 5 stage low pressure turbine have been used to validate T-AXI as a design tool.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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