In this paper, we examined an imaginary underperforming prototype of a real high bypass-ratio turbofan gas turbine engine that has been assembled to specifications. The prototype was designed and assembled to generate a predetermined value of specific thrust while consuming fuel at a predefined specific fuel consumption value. To meet the required performance targets, improvements needed to be made to one or more of the engine components. In most real world scenarios, the improvement of any or all engine parameters pertaining to its performance is tied to a cost per percentages of improvements of individual component in the engine. There is always a narrow room for improvement in each or all of the components. However, the improvements come with high costs, since the engine has been designed in an efficient way to begin with. The cost of improvement of each component is indexed by a dollar cost per percent value of the component performance characteristics. It is of technical and economic importance to find a combination of performance improvements of each of the components that yields the lowest overall rework cost, thereby the total design cost, given the specified engine performance criteria. To achieve this goal, simulations for a real gas turbine turbofan cycle are performed in conjunction with the genetic algorithm (GA). A single objective (i.e. total improvement cost) GA with two constraints (i.e. desired values of specific thrust and specific fuel consumption) and eight degrees of freedom (i.e. diffuser pressure ratio, fan polytropic efficiency, compressor polytropic efficiency, burner efficiency, burner pressure drop ratio, turbine polytropic efficiency, fan duct exit nozzle pressure ratio, core duct exit nozzle pressure ratio) is employed. As a result, we have found the lowest overall cost associated with the improvements for each of the components.
Cost Effectiveness Optimization of Component Improvements of a Turbofan Engine Using Genetic Algorithm
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Yobby, J, Raja, DS, & Yan, TX. "Cost Effectiveness Optimization of Component Improvements of a Turbofan Engine Using Genetic Algorithm." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 11: Systems, Design, and Complexity. Houston, Texas, USA. November 13–19, 2015. V011T14A032. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2015-52567
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