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TERTS: A Generic Real-Time Gas Turbine Simulation Environment

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Wilfried P. J. Visser, Michael J. Broomhead, Jasper van der Vorst

National Aerospace Laboratory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Paper No. 2001-GT-0446, pp. V001T01A004; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Turbomachinery; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7850-7
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


Real-time simulation of gas turbine engine performance is used in a variety of aerospace applications. For simulation of propulsion system performance in flight-simulators, fidelity requirements become increasingly stringent. Significant improvements in simulation fidelity can be obtained when using thermodynamic models instead of the customary (piece-wise) linear real-time models. However, real-time thermodynamic models require sophisticated methods to efficiently solve the model equations on a real-time basis with sufficient speed.

NLR has developed the ‘Turbine Engine Real-Time Simulator’ (TERTS) generic real-time engine simulation environment for full thermodynamic simulation of various gas turbine engine configurations. At NLR’s National Simulator Facility (NSF), research is performed on pilot-in-the-loop simulation of complex aircraft and helicopter configurations such as thrust-vectoring and Integrated Flight Propulsion Control (IFPC) concepts. For this application, high-fidelity real-time gas turbine models are required. TERTS has an efficient method for solving the engine model equations real-time. The system is implemented in Matlab-Simulink®, which offers advantages in terms of control system modeling flexibility. With TERTS, detailed thermodynamic real-time engine models can easily be implemented in NSF providing an excellent means to analyze a variety of engine effects on pilot-in-the-loop aircraft performance.

In this paper the TERTS modeling environment will be described including the numerical solutions used to comply with the real-time requirements. A TERTS model of a military afterburning turbofan will be presented including simulation results.

Copyright © 2001 by ASME



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