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2006 International ANSYS Conference

Workshop 20

ANSYS CFX 11.0


BladeModeler Demonstration

Creating a Centrifugal Compressor Impeller

ANSYS v11.0
BladeModeler
In this demonstration, you will:
Create a centrifugal compressor impeller Export the necessary files for TurboGrid Add fillets to the impeller solid
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About BladeModeler
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BladeModeler is a new blade geometry creation product (Windows OS only) that consists of three components:
BladeGen Blade creation and editing tool DesignModeler Workbench CAD solid modeler BladeEditor Add-In to DesignModeler that can import and convert BladeGen geometry into a solid model

BladeModeler
BladeGen

DesignModeler
BladeEditor

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Starting BladeModeler
Start Workbench
Start > Programs > ANSYS 11.0 > ANSYS Workbench On the Start Page, select Blade Geometry
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Vista CCD
A new feature of BladeModeler is the Vista 1D design codes
To use the compressor design code, select File > New > Vista Centrifugal Compressor Design
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Vista CCD design
Switch to the Compressor Duty tab
Set overall pressure ratio to 4 Set rotational speed to 80 000 rpm Click Calculate
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Meridional view updates after calculate

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Splitter Blade
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Note on the Geometry and Inlet Gas Angles tab, the number of intervanes is equal to the number of main blades
This means our impeller will have one splitter blade per passage

Click New Model to build the model When prompted, save geometry as filename impeller1.bgd

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Geometry Imported into BladeGen
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Meridonal View

Blade to Blade View

Angle View

Thickness View

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Modify Blade Thickness
Modify the Blade Thickness at the shroud
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Click this dot to switch to the shroud profile

Drag this line to 0.7

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Modify Blade Thickness
Thickness profile and blade to blade view should now look like this:
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Join Hub Curve
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To facilitate creating a fillet in DesignModeler, join the middle and downstream hub segments:
Select the point at the intersection of the hub and trailing edge in the meridional view Right click > Segment Operations > Join Segment at Point

Point to Select

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Create TurboGrid Files
TurboGrid is used to create a high quality, hexahedral mesh for CFD Export the data for TurboGrid
File > Export > TurboGrid Input Files Four TurboGrid files will be created .inf file containing machine info Hub, shroud, and profile curve files Click OK to write the files
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See TurboGrid demonstration for more details on the power of using TurboGrid!

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Save the Blade Design
Click File > Save to save the geometry Switch back to the Project tab Save the Workbench project
File > Save As Filename: Impeller1.wbdb
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DesignModeler
Next, we will create the blade geometry using BladeEditor. Click New geometry on the project page
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DesignModeler
Select mm as the unit type:
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BladeEditor
Click the BladeEditor icon
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The file Impeller1.bgd should appear in the open window by default Select OK

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BladeEditor
In the details view:
Change Hub Offset to 2
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Click Generate

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BladeEditor
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Impeller Geometry Created


Solid Part Fluid Domain

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DesignModeler
The solid geometry could be sent to Simulation for structural analysis The fluid domain could be sent to CFX-Mesh or ICEM for meshing Try on your own:
Add a fillet to the blade Modify the hub inlet
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