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Characterisation of the Uncertainties of the Operating Conditions in Turbomachinery Design

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Timoleon Kipouros, Vassilios Pachidis

Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK

Tiziano Ghisu

Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Ioannis Templalexis

Hellenic Air Force Academy, Athens, Greece

Paper No. GT2010-23253, pp. 793-802; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Cycle Innovations; Marine
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4398-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In computational engineering design the robust analysis comprises a prerequisite towards the successful development of future gas turbines. However, reliable determination of the statistical characteristics of variation of the operating conditions in a turbomachine is crucial. Initially, the variability of the physical operating conditions along the operating line on the compressor map is developed with the assistance of a through flow analysis tool. The probability density functions of the variability of the pressure profiles, mass flow, input angles, etc. of each individual stage of the compressor can be extracted and processed accordingly for 3D aerodynamic shape robust design. In this way, flexibility in detailed design is developed leading to innovative and creative thinking in modern turbomachinery design, but at the same time the intelligence and level of robust design is improved, and hence the quality of the designed product. For a particular compression system of a turbo-shaft engine all the details can be extracted, along the whole operating line, covering all the possible scenarios of individual operating conditions of each component. With this methodology the appropriate information is developed for robust analysis at the preliminary or detailed design phases of a compression system.

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