TURBOdesign Suite 2022R1: A Gateway to Automation in Turbomachinery Design

TURBOdesign Suite 2022R1 is a gateway to automation in Turbomachinery design with the following major enhancements.

A major theme of 2022R1 release is Automation. We have taken important steps by integrating TURBOdesign Optima inside TURBOdesign1 which enables direct selection of designs in TURBOdesign1’s Project window for automatic optimization and the results are then brought back to Project window for comparison with manual designs. This coupled with the unique (machine learning driven) automatic range set up system for design parameters streamlines further unique capabilities for 3D inverse design method for turbomachinery design automation.

 

Spider chart_design space

 

The use of machine learning automatically computes the best range of design parameters to explore a large design space in such a way that meets convergence requirements. It can also adjust the range of design space to take account of any constraints in optimization. Key for success of surrogate model based optimization.


We will also showcase the new scripting functionality of TURBOdesign Volute which can be used for parametric studies or design optimization. The new functionality uses an XML file to control the volute geometry which is exported automatically as a wateright IGES file with labelled surfaces such as inflow, outflow and wall for direct communication with CFD meshing.

 

New Volutes

 

This functionality is further enhanced by integrating TURBOdesign Volute inside Ansys Workbench, which enables automatic optimization of whole stages or multi-stages.

 

Automatically create optimization workflows for entire stages in Ansys Workbench

We also introduce a new Traffic Light System with colour coded feedback on designs based on important criteria for each machine type. Also, we have made extensive enhancements to scripting functionality in TURBOdesign1 providing further flexibility in using TURBOdesign1 with any inhouse commercial optimization tools with the functionality to use any externally produced thickness, meridional shape or stacking files.

 

Upcoming Webinar on TURBOdesign 2022R1 Release

 

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how the integration of optimization with the unique automatic range set up system inside TURBOdesign1’s 3D inverse design method can be a gateway for automation in 3D Turbomachinery design;
  • Discover how scripting functionality in TURBOdesign Volute can make fully automated whole stage optimization a reality;
  • Understand how the integration of TURBOdesign Volute and TURBOdesign1 inside Ansys Workbench can enable fully automated design optimization of whole stages of radial pumps, compressors, fans and turbines.

 

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Mehrdad Zangeneh

Mehrdad Zangeneh is Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Design Technology and professor of Thermofluids at University College London.

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