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Fluids innovations in ANSYS 18.0

• Intro to ANSYS Turbo Suite

• ANSYS v18.0 Turbo Update
• BladeRow methods
− Harmonic Analysis

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ANSYS Turbo Suite
Full Suite of all of ANSYS’s Design and Flow Analysis Tools for
Design Screen Mesh Analyze

1D preliminary Rapid screening of Maximum grid Leading CFD solver

sizing and powerful designs using 2D generation flexibility in a powerful user
3D turbo-specific throughflow with turbo-specific environment
and general analysis and general including dedicated
geometry modelling meshing turbo workflows

BladeModeler Vista TF TurboGrid CFX

ANSYS Meshing CFD Post
Turbo Tools
V18.0 Update

Flank milled blades supported

• Used primarily for automotive turbocharger and

industrial compressors
• BladeModeler supports flank milled process with
controls for blade ruling line distributions
• Consistent geometry represented in all tools for
flank milled blades (design, aerodynamic analysis,
mechanical analysis and manufacturing)

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Improve fidelity and robustness by importing CAD models
directly into TurboGrid & BladeEditor

• Transfer via workbench schematic

− BladeEditor (DesignModeler) exports underlying, native
blade surfaces and meridional flow path in Parasolids format
− Blade modifications such as fillets are not currently
transferred via schematic
− BladeGen to TurboGrid connection still uses blade profile
• Direct import
− Supports Parasolids (x_b, x_t) and ICEM CFD Tetin (.tin)
− User must assign faces and curves to appropriate turbo

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CAD import improves fillets versus
reconstruction from profiles

• CAD surface imported and assigned to

• Exact representation
• High quality parameterization
• High quality mesh

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CFX periodic motion from complex modes

• Transfer from modal cyclic symmetry

• Necessary if hub or shroud are
• Blade flutter for complex mode shape
− Expands flutter to complex industrial cases
− Available for transient and full or reduced
• Allows hub displacements in
aerodamping calculations when
appropriate harmonic analysis

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Cyclic and polar plots improve insight

• Judge whether a quasi-steady periodic

state has been reached
• Reveals periodic patterns not easily
discernable when plotting vs.
• Monitor variables are plotted against the
period, allowing values from the current
period to trace over past periods
− Cyclic plots repeat left to right with values on
the vertical axis
− Polar plots revolve once per cycle with values
as a radial offset

Standard XY monitor plot Cyclic plot

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CFD-Post now presents monitor variables consistent with the

CFX Solver Manager

• “Bars” line type

• Default for FFT

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BladeRow methods

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Blade Row Methods Overview and Objectives
 Provide blade row methods to perform
o Aerodynamic, Aeromechanical and Aerothermodynamic Analyses

 Methods for both steady-state and transient simulations

 Provide fast & accurate transient blade

row solution
o Using range of pitch-change methods
(Full-wheel  Reduced geometry) Full-wheel Reduced geometry
ANSYS - CFX Transient Blade Row Methods
With Pitch-Change
 ANSYS CFX transient pitch-change models Full-wheel
Profile Time Fourier
Transformation Transformation Transformation
(PT) (TT) (FT)
Small/Moderate Pitch Small/Moderate Pitch Large Pitch

• Single Stage • Frozen gust • Frozen gust

• Single Stage • Fan Inlet Distortion
• Multistage
• Multistage • Single Stage Model
• Blade Flutter

 Flow solution is obtained by :

Transient Time marching
Solution Method Current offerings Periodicity
R/S Interface &
Harmonic Frequency based pitchwise periodic
Solution Method Future releases determine pitch-change
Blade Row in Previous Releases
 R14.0 : First release FT and TT pitch-change methods
 R14.5 : Blade flutter with FT method
 R15.0 : ECMF and support for Forced Response
 R16.0 : Release FT-TRS, introduce CHT with TBR
 R17.0 : Multi-row & multi-frequency flow modeling

Hot streaks migration Impeller in Vanless Multi-row transonic

In Turbine stage diffuser compressor simulation
CFX 18.0 (including 17.1 & 17.2)
Focus on Aeromechanics
Very Fast Solution
 First release of Harmonic Analysis (HA) From analysis tool
o Blade Flutter (aerodamping Design tool

 Improved CFX  mechanical data exchange

Continue to
o Forced Response
improved TBR
o Blade flutter usability

 Improved post processing for blade flutter

Expand modeling
 Blade flutter for complex mode shape -beta capabilities
Harmonic Analysis (Harmonic Balance) and Frequency Based Methods

• Turbomachinery flow is often

transient and periodic.
• Instead of marching in time to get final
steady-periodic (some call it transient
periodic) state
• We use HB method and converge fast
on stead-periodic state

Transient solution

Hybrid time-frequency
solution convergence
Harmonic Analysis
Frequency Based Methods in CFD Codes

Early Methods Recent Methods

Non-Linear Harmonic Harmonic Balance (HB)/

Balance (NLH) Time-Spectral Method (TSM)

Linear Quasi-nonlinear Non-Linear

Mean flow + Perturbation Mean flow + Perturbation Truly nonlinear

decoupled Some coupling Full coupling, unsteady flow is

represented by Fourier series

Harmonic Analysis (HA)
is based on this method
Harmonic Analysis
Example 1: STCFF-11
 Standard Configuration 11 (STCF-11)
o Annular Turbine Cascade
o IGTI 2016-57962 (Sunil Patil et al.)
o 20 Blades
o Vibration defined by sinusoidal oscillation
o Bending orthogonal to chord @ 209 Hz
o Range of IBPA (Nodal Diameter) simulated
o Subsonic case: Mach @ inlet 0.69

 Compare Three simulations: Total Mesh Displacement

IBPA=126 (ND=7)
o Reference, Transient periodic sector @ 128 tspp
o FT-Transient (2 passages) @ 128 tspp
o FT-Harmonic (2 passages) @ m=1

Harmonic: m=1 sufficient to resolve flow

Transient: 128 tspp is timestep independent solution

Harmonic Analysis
Example 1: STCF-11
 Standard Configuration 11 (STCF-11 Subsonic)
o Aerodynamic Damping Excellent agreement between:
o Reference , Transient Periodic Sector
(aka Symmetric Sector)
o 2-passage FT-Transient
o 2-passage FT-Harmonic (m=1)
For all IBPA (nodal diameters)

~  sin  dA
Damping    c Wall Work Density
p i
Ai FT-Harmonic
IBPA=126 (ND=7)
Harmonic Analysis
Example 1: STCF-11
 Standard Configuration 11 (STCF-11 Subsonic)
o Amplitude & Phase for IBPA=180 (ND=2)
Amplitude Phase a 
c~p  a1  b1   arctan 1 
2 2

 b1 

Good comparison between numerics and experimental data

Other examples in
FT-Harmonic: m=1 & 15 pseudo time-step per oscillating cycle IGTI 2016-57962
FT-Transient & transient full-periodic sector : 128 tspp
Harmonic Analysis
Example 1: STCF-11
 Standard Configuration 11 (STCF-11 Subsonic)
o Computation efficiency
FT-Harmonic FT-Transient

Time steps

IBPA=108 deg. Reference FT-Transient FT-Harmonic

(ND=6) Transient Periodic sector m=1
(10 passages) (2-passages) (2-passages)
Speed Up
1 4X 100 X
25 X
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