Engines and Power Cycles, Turbomachinery and Secondary Flows


Turbomachine Components

System-level analysis of jet and rocket engines, power generation cycles, heat pumps and refrigeration loops, etc. can be made using performance map-based descriptions of single- or multi-stage pumps, fans, turbines, and compressors. These elements predict flows and pressure drops, using either directly input maps (single curves or multiple curves per shaft speed) of flow versus pressure drop, or maps specified using equivalent states, reference states, head and flow coefficients, etc. Isentropic efficiencies may be specified, enabling the code to predict shaft power and hydraulic torque. Tables of flow and efficiency relationships are normally input, but options exist for parametric inputs, functional (algorithmic) descriptions, as well as links to turbomachine design software.

  • Pumps: Reference speeds or flow/head coefficients (to exploit pump similarity laws), cavitation detection and modeling (based on either NPSH or Nss) , viscosity corrections, and two-phase flow degradations. Nonmonotonic curves (with positively sloped regions) are permitted.
  • Turbines: Equivalent conditions, including equivalent speed options available. Handling of choking and truncated tables, and two-phase outlet states. Total-total, total-static, and other inlet/outlet state options. Efficiency may optionally be a function of U/C: the blade tip velocity to isentropic spouting velocity (or fluid jet velocity) ratio. Power (or equivalent power) may be specified instead of efficiency.
  • Compressors (Variable displacement): Equivalent conditions, including equivalent speed options available. Handling of choking and surge regimes. Total-total, total-static, and other inlet/outlet state options. Power (or equivalent power) may be specified instead of efficiency. Nonmonotonic curves (with positively sloped regions) are permitted.
  • Compressors (Positive displacement): Flow specified via volumetric efficiency (versus speed and/or pressure ratio) and displacement volume. Power may be specified instead of isentropic efficiency.

Engines and Cycles

Design and analysis of engine or power cycles can include single- or two-phase flow components such as boilers, condensers, regenerative heat exchangers, control valves, etc. in either steady or unsteady analyses. For systems with interconnected turbomachines (e.g., turbochargers, turbopumps, turbojets, etc.), shaft speeds can be predicted to balance torques in steady-states, or shaft/gear mechanical speeds can be solved in transients concurrent with the cycle thermohydraulics.

Secondary Flows

Extensive options exist for modeling passages within rotating machinery, including between rotating and stationary parts. Analysis of secondary coolant, leakage, or lubricating flows can exploit built-in correlations or user-supplied correlations for friction, heat transfer, and torque.

Validation Case

Advanced Liquid Oxygen Turbopump

Additional CRTech Resources

flow regimes

Introduction to Two-phase Flow

September 24, 2-3pm MDT

This webinar introduces basic concepts in two-phase flow modeling including quality, void fraction, flow regimes, slip flow, pressure drops and accelerations, and heat transfer.

No knowledge of CRTech software is required. However, references to the corresponding FloCAD features will be made to assist users of that product.

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Introductory FloCAD Training

Class times: September 5, 10, and 12, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT daily
Cost: no charge (attendees must have an active support contract)

CRTech will be hosting introductory training for FloCAD (Flow Modeling in Thermal Desktop). This is our standard FloCAD class previously hosted in a classroom environment and now restructured for an online teaching environment.

The class will introduce single-phase fluid modeling concepts and how to build fluid models within the FloCAD work environment. Topics covered include an introduction to fluid modeling components, geometric versus non-geometric modeling options, working with FloCAD Pipes, solution control, and an introduction to path and pipe libraries.

The class will be broken into three two- to three-hour sessions held over a 3 day period. The format will be online lecture and demonstration with opportunities to ask questions. Hands-on lab work will be provided to students to work on after each session. To gain the most from this class, students are encouraged to attend all three sessions.

Prerequisites: Attendees must have basic working knowledge of Thermal Desktop as many of its base features will not be covered in this class but their usage is required for FloCAD.

Eligibility Requirement: This class is a service to our customers. All attendees must have an active support contract. If you are unsure of your support status, please contact CRTech.

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