Turbine Preliminary Design & Performance Analysis
PerAero is the developer of the innovative turbine design & analysis software called Aeolus. This two-part system is composed of a preliminary design tool coupled with a rigorous meanline performance analysis. For the past 8 years, Aeolus has been used to design & evaluate various types of axial turbines, ranging from small waste heat expanders to large power generation units (see “Projects” page).
Many of these client applications required demanding capabilities:
– hub & tip analysis (via reduced-order radial equilibrium) for more accurate leakage & axial thrust
– supersonic converging-diverging nozzles (including drilled)
– partial admission, Curtis stages
– extractions/inductions/double flow stages
– real gas mixtures (NIST) and wet steam (ASME ’97)
Transfer to TurbAero Design System
The Aeolus meanline program is based on many years of industrial turbine design experience. It employs the same basic loss component analysis as theTurbAero design system developed by Ron Aungier (now owned by Flexware Inc.). Aeolus actually serves as a useful companion program to TurbAero by providing multi-stage sizing and a more versatile meanline analysis with added capabilities that are unavailable from TurbAero. Aeolus can also transfer its flow path model to TurbAero’s throughflow analysis “AxTurb”. The performance predictions from Aeolus normally compare quite well with AxTurb’s since they have a similar loss component analysis.
More details about this transfer function:
Validation of Prediction Accuracy
Aeolus performance calculations have been validated with a combination of test data and other (commercially available) software methods. Eight different types of turbine cases are described here: Aeolus Validation Results
Aeolus has also compared well with AxStreamTM predictions for a 17-stage condensing steam turbine:
Aeolus Calculations for a 22 MW Steam Turbine.pdf
Experienced-based Methods for Turbine Design & Analysis
Aeolus provides many capabilities that are comparable to other software methods, but is less complex to learn and has much lower cost. And as both the developer and user with over 30 years of turbine experience, PerAero offers valuable guidance and technical support. Aeolus should indeed prove worthwhile to those requiring economical state-of-art turbine design & analysis capabilities.
Introduction of Aeolus with sample calculations:
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