Despite great advances in computations, industry still relies on empirical based one dimensional design in turbomachinery.
In colleges and universities that offer turbomachinery education, even the one dimensional design becomes a very complex exercise unless the procedure is programmed. Due to lengthy calculations and iterations, simple solutions are not possible. Design exercises have therefore been limited in the classroom. But recent advances in powerful spreadsheets have opened a simple and fast way of performing turbomachinery design.
This paper describes a typical current compressor design challenge in industry and how a student deals with the design and analysis using a spreadsheet.