Recently, an inverse design algorithm called ball–spine algorithm (BSA) was introduced for the design of 2D ducts. In this approach, the walls are considered as a set of virtual balls that can move freely along the straight directions called spines. In the present work, the method is developed for quasi-three-dimensional (quasi-3D) design of S-shaped ducts with a predefined width. To do so, the upper and lower lines of the S-duct symmetric section are modified under the BSA and then, the 3D S-duct geometry is obtained based on elliptic cross-sectional profiles. The target pressure distributions (TPDs) along the upper and lower lines are prescribed so that separation does not occur. Finally, the flow through the designed S-duct is numerically analyzed using a viscous flow solver with the SST turbulence model to validate the designed S-duct performance. The performance of the designed S-duct is compared to original and optimized versions of a benchmark S-duct diffuser. Results show that the present S-duct has a better performance.
Aerodynamic Design of S-Shaped Diffusers Using Ball–Spine Inverse Design Method
Contributed by the Turbomachinery Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received March 5, 2014; final manuscript received June 7, 2014; published online July 15, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Joseph Zelina.
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Madadi, A., Kermani, M. J., and Nili-Ahmadabadi, M. (July 15, 2014). "Aerodynamic Design of S-Shaped Diffusers Using Ball–Spine Inverse Design Method." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. December 2014; 136(12): 122606. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4027905
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