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CFD Simulation of Incompressible Turbomachinery — A Comparison of Results From ANSYS Fluent and OpenFOAM

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Franziska Bothe, Martin Heinrich, Rüdiger Schwarze

Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

Christian Friebe

Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration gGmbH (ILK), Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Paper No. GT2014-26338, pp. V02BT39A025; 9 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


A numerical investigation of incompressible turbomachinery and the comparison of two CFD packages are presented within this paper. A ducted single rotor fan is simulated with OpenFOAM and ANSYS FLUENT by applying methods as comparable as possible. The characteristic maps and flow fields are analyzed and the results from the CFD codes are compared to examine differences regarding accuracy and efficiency. Additionally the influence of the turbulence model is determined. It is found that the CFD programs show a good agreement especially at the machines design point.

The information about the flow field of this fan is used for the modelling of a high-performance and energy-efficient ducted contra-rotating fan (CRF). Comparing the CRF simulation results to those of the single rotor fan, a doubling of the total pressure rise and a significant reduction of the swirl in the wake flow can be noticed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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