Advanced Design Technology (ADT) announced that its TURBOdesign Suite version 5.2 is now shipping. This version of the company's three-dimensional (3D) inverse design technology software provides a new TURBOdesign Volute module and faster turbomachinery design and optimization capabilities for wider operating ranges and customized solutions.
"Our 3D inverse design optimization technology provides for innovative solutions while reducing development time and costs," said Mehrdad Zangeneh, founder and managing director of ADT. "TURBOdesign software involves a unique approach that specifies flow related design parameters, which eliminate trial and error and helps engineers view a larger design space. Even new engineers are productive within days. With the 5.2 release, we bring these functionalities to the design of volutes and casings for the first time."
TURBOdesign Volute allows users to specify circumferentially varying inlet flow angles and velocities, so the volute can be designed for non-uniform inflow. This allows for better matching of off-design conditions and higher stage efficiency, the company says. The code outputs the 3D volute geometry in IGES format.
The new release also includes the option to analyze high-speed applications (transonic compressors and turbines) as well as pumps and fans, as well as single-equation Spalart-Allmaras and two-equation Wilcox's k- model. It also allows for parallel computations on multi-core central processing units (CPUs).
A tonal noise model based on Ffowcs-Williams Hawkins model has been implemented in TURBOdesign1. The model uses the geometry created by TURBOdesign1, and its resulting surface pressures to compute tonal noise. Hence, tonal noise values can be obtained in seconds.
TURBOdesign Suite runs on Windows systems. It operates on mid-range workstations with 2.4 Ghz or better processors, 2 GB RAM and 1Gb disk space.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.