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Multall: An Open Source, CFD Based, Turbomachinery Design System

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John D. Denton

Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. GT2017-63993, pp. V02BT41A027; 14 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2B: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5079-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Turbomachinery design systems are usually the jealously guarded property of large companies, the author is not aware of any for which the source code is freely available. The present paper is aimed providing a freely available system that can be used by individuals or small companies who do not have access to an in-house system.

The design system is based on the 3D CFD solver Multall, which has been developed over many years. Multall can obtain solutions for individual blade rows or for multi-stage machines, it can also perform quasi-3D blade-to-blade calculations on a prescribed stream surface and axisymmetric throughflow calculations. Multall is combined with a one-dimensional mean-line program, Meangen, which predicts the blading parameters on a mean stream surface and writes an input file for Stagen. Stagen is a blade geometry generation and manipulation program which generates and stacks the blading, combines it into stages, and writes an input file for Multall.

The system can be used to design the main blade path of all types of turbomachines. Although it cannot design complex features such as shroud seals and individual cooling holes these features can be modeled and their effect on overall performance predicted. The system is intended to be as simple and easy to use as possible and the solver is also very fast compared to most CFD codes. A great deal of user experience ensures that the overall performance is reasonably well predicted for a wide variety of machines.

This paper describes the system in outline and gives an example of its use. The source codes are written in FORTRAN77 and are freely available for other users to try.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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