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A Smooth Curvature-Defined Meanline Section Option for a General Turbomachinery Geometry Generator

[+] Author Affiliations
Ahmed F. Nemnem, Mark G. Turner, Kiran Siddappaji, Marshall Galbraith

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Paper No. GT2014-26363, pp. V02BT39A026; 20 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2B: Turbomachinery
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4561-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The blade geometry design process is integral to the development and advancement of compressors and turbines in gas turbines or aeroengines. An airfoil section design feature has been added to a previously developed open source parametric 3D blade design tool. The second derivative of the mean-line (related to the curvature) is controlled using B-splines to create the airfoils. This is analytically integrated twice to obtain the mean-line. A smooth thickness distribution is then added to the airfoil with two options either the Wennerstrom distribution or a quartic B-spline thickness distribution. B-splines have also been implemented to achieve customized airfoil leading and trailing edges. Geometry for a turbine, compressor, and transonic fan are presented along with a demonstration of the importance of airfoil smoothness.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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