5 Improved Workflows for Rotating Machinery Design and Analysis

There were a number of new and exciting workflow enhancements included in ANSYS 16.0 for those who design and analyze rotating machinery to make data transfers and simulation setup easier. Here are the top five enhancements:

1 – BladeGen to BladeEditor

BladeGen

In ANSYS16.0 it is possible to load BladeGen data into BladeEditor in ANSYS Workbench. Users could always link BladeGen to BladeEditor (i.e ImportBGD function) in ANSYS Workbench, but to perform a LoadBGD command, it was required to go into BladeEditor and find the BladeGen file to load manually.  With the Create New > Geometry feature from the BladeGen (right click menu shown below) this process is much easier.

image0062 – Turbo Setup for compressors

ANSYS Workbench 16.0 has a new component system named Turbo Setup. This will quickly create a new throughflow or CFX analysis for different impeller geometry, mesh sizes or operating conditions. Check out this video to see how it works.

Currently this can only be used for compressor geometries. If you turn on beta features, you will also see that you can setup a speedline or compressor map from the Turbo Setup panel.

Turbo Setup Panel

3 – BladeGen to Vista TF (ThroughFlow)

If you watched the video above, you may have noticed it is now possible to connect BladeGen to Vista TF. Of course, if you want to run multiple blade rows using Vista TF it is still required to connect Vista TF to a BladeEditor model that contains all stages.  But if you want to do a quick throughflow analysis on a single component in BladeGen, it is now possible!

4 – Radial Element Blade output for Vista RTD (Radial Turbine Design)

In Vista RTD there is now a drop down menu for Spanwise distribution.  Selecting General will provide geometries as created in R 15.0, but selecting Radial all camberlines will have the same theta value at any given axial coordinate when exported to BladeGen or BladeEditor.

vista radial turbine

5 – Vista CCD (Centrifugal Compressor Design) to CFX

You can now take a design directly from Vista CCD to a CFX setup. This uses the Turbo Setup feature outlined above. Right clicking on the Vista CCD component and selecting a new Turbomachinery Fluid Flow will populate the Turbo Setup component in Workbench with information such as speed, flow rate, etc, and geometry from Vista CCD. A geometry component and Turbomachinery Fluid Flow component will automatically be created as shown below. Updating the project will result in a CFX simulation at the specified design point with a report from CFD Post. All with one click!

Vista CCD

I think these features are pretty slick and they should make more productive by reducing the time it takes to create different workflows in ANSYS Workbench!

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