Interactive Blade Design
ANSYS BladeModeler is a truly interactive blade design tool. Design modifications can be viewed immediately and clearly. The design is defined in a number of 2-D sketches, either at span-wise positions or at arbitrary user-defined positions, to immediately and interactively generate the full 3-D design as well as provide quantitative information such as blade angles and throat area. A meridional view is used to define flow paths, and two modes are available for defining blade shapes. An angle/thickness mode can be used to specify blade wrap (blade angle) and thickness distribution, as is typically used in radial machine design. Alternatively, a pressure side/suction side mode can be employed to independently describe the blade pressure side and suction side curves, as is common in axial machine design.