In order to optimize and develop continuous-flow machines, a basic understanding of the physical mechanisms involved is essential. Numerical simulations are a common and indispensible tool during the optimization and development process. Time-consuming and computationally-intensive simulations which capture small scale effects can enhance physical understanding of phenomena. Furthermore, they allow the efficient use of measurement techniques on experimental test rigs and permit fast and economic predictions of the optimal configuration during the design and optimization process.
The Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid-Dynamics (TFD) uses numerical simulations in the following applications:
- Fundamental research into Fluid-Dynamics
- Axial and radial thermal turbomachines
- Wind turbines
- Biomedical engineering
- Fuel cells
A selection of possible simulation methods:
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- Mechanical strength and heat transport (Finite Element Method; FEM)
- Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)
- Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA)
- Sensitivity analysis with probabilistic methods
In Addition to the application of these methods, TFD also develops models and methods that can capture physical effects.