Aero-mechanical design of the turbine section of a small scale turboshaft engine is presented in this paper. A single stage high-pressure turbine (HPT) and the power turbine stage (PT), have been designed by means of automated optimization. This study demonstrates how multi-disciplinary optimization can be used effectively in today’s industrial development cycles with respect to timeframe and computational resources. Both, the aerodynamic performance and the mechanical blade behavior were subject to the optimization in a very high dimensional design space expressed by well above 100 free design parameters for the annular duct and the bladings of two axial stages. In the first part, this paper describes the design task and constraints in order to meet the requested thermodynamic cycle performance and fabricational requirements. In the second part, the optimization strategy is explained with focus on geometry parameterization, simulation setups for flow and structural analysis and acceleration techniques for the optimization itself.

Finally, a very promising resulting design is reviewed in terms of a detailed aerodynamic and mechanical assessment and regarding to the overall engine concept. This work contributes to the development of a highly efficient, light-weight propulsion system powering, beside a wide range of other possible applications, for example small aerial systems such as helicopter drones.

The engine prototype is expected to be tested the first time in 2014.

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