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Pervasive Turbomachinery Simulation: ASME Turbo Expo Preview

I ran across a now-classic paper about turbomachinery simulation published in 1989 by Brent Miller and his colleagues at NASA’s Lewis Research Center. They were excited by the potential of simulation to speed up and improve aerospace engine development. They set forth a vision for a computer-driven system that could simulate, analyze and optimize the performance, durability, reliability and weight of a concept before building any hardware:


Thirty years later, I think we can all agree that we have realized their vision and then some.

Video of ANSYS CFX blade row methods for speed flutter analysis.

Today, there is another, even more exciting future in the works — a future that extends simulation beyond the external aerodynamics and flow inside the engine and beyond the research and development process. Engineering simulation is pervasive across the entire product lifecycle.

You can see this future developing at the 2018 ASME Turbo Expo conference in Oslo, Norway, June 11-15. The focus will be on maintenance, repair and overhaul in the light of digitalization where simulation is used to create and maintain predictive maintenance models called digital twins. Another major initiative is additive manufacturing, which is used to create and repair components for unprecedented performance.

If you’re attending the expo, I invite you to stop by Booth #401 and meet our ANSYS experts. Learn about how simulation is becoming ever more pervasive and watch demonstrations of our latest innovations:

  • ANSYS Additive Suite: Simulate the entire additive manufacturing process and determine the best machine, part setup and material configuration before physically printing a single part. You’ll greatly reduce and, potentially eliminate, physical trial-and-error testing.
  • ANSYS TwinBuilder: This powerful new product allows you to build, validate and deploy digital twins.
  • ANSYS Discovery Live:  Experience this interactive, 3D simulation environment that offers real-time results as you design.

For more on the ANSYS Turbo System, read the application brief.

Learn more about ANSYS at the Turbo Expo.