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Webinar: 1D and 3D Integrated Design of a Compressor for a Fuel Cell Powered Heavy Duty Truck

Posted By: Ali Panchoo
Date:Thu, 15 Feb 2024, 4:48 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advanced Design Technology Ltd. and Gamma Technologies LLC. to host a Webinar on “1D and 3D Integrated Design of a Compressor for a Fuel Cell Powered Heavy Duty Truck”, where you'll learn how GT-SUITE can model the whole fuel cell heavy-truck under real time driving conditions.

You’ll also understand how TURBOdesign Suite can generate an optimized 3D stage geometry of the compressor in a matter of a few hours from the initial 1D model.

LONDON (UK) - Advanced Design Technology, Ltd. (ADT), a leading turbomachinery design software company and Gamma Technologies LLC., who develops and licenses GT-SUITE, a leading multi-physics CAE system simulation software, will be hosting a joint live webinar on the design of a compressor for a fuel cell powered heavy-duty truck.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 14th March, 2024 at 3pm (GMT).

During the webinar, you can discover how decarbonisation of heavy-duty vehicles has an important impact on reducing emissions. More specifically, in the United States, medium and heavy-duty trucks are responsible for 23% of total CO2 emissions at present. Furthermore, the annual road freight traffic is expected to grow by 54% by 2050. The recent growth in lithium-ion battery use in Light Duty Vehicles (LDV) has resulted in reductions of battery costs. However, for Medium and Heavy Duty (MDV and HDV) applications, fuel cells offer important advantages in terms of energy density and refuelling time, which makes this technology more attractive for these classes of vehicles. Recent US Department Of Energy targets for Class 8 long haul trucks highlight the importance of even longer driving ranges and increased efficiency demands for fuel cell systems. To this end, it is important to design and optimize the components of a fuel cell system not in isolation. Components, such as the compressor, must be evaluated as part of the integrated system, under real-driving conditions, thus capturing the strong co-dependencies among subsystems and the intricacies of real-life operation.

This joint webinar by Advanced Design Technology and Gamma Technologies presents a novel methodology that uses a system-level simulation platform (GT-SUITE) to create a complete vehicle model and simulate the performance of a fuel-cell powered heavy-truck in order to obtain the key compressor operating points (together with the resulting residence time spent on each point based on real driving conditions). The key compressor operating points are then fed into TURBOdesign Suite’s meanline compressor design optimization code which uses a map prediction model for a range of compressor speeds, impeller diameters, hub diameters and axial length ratios to find the optimum settings that meet the same weighting factor obtained from real driving conditions.

“Global OEMs often struggle to integrate and optimize detailed, complex components into larger systems. The simulation process presented in this webinar will show how today’s manufacturers can tackle the development and optimization of these complex systems head on, specifically with compressors for fuel cell systems. In addition, the concept can be extended to other systems with turbomachinery components.” says Tom Wanat, Director of Applications Engineering for Engine & Reactive Flow Systems at Gamma Technologies LLC.

This initial flow path and design conditions obtained from the meanline design optimization are then used by a 3D Inverse design method (TURBOdesign1) to generate an initial 3D impeller geometry. Automatic optimization is then used to optimize the impeller geometry. The casing is also designed by using a unique inverse design method (TURBOdesign Volute) and the performance of the resulting stage is computed by using a 3D CFD simulation package. Furthermore, the structural integrity of the compressor is analysed with a 3D structural analysis software package. The resulting full stage compressor map is then fed into the system-level model and the impact of the new design on the energy consumption over the actual real-life driving scenario is assessed and analysed. The methodology highlights the importance of rigorous simulation as a means for improving component performance and system efficiency, while reducing time-to-market and thus development costs.

Prof. Mehrdad Zangeneh, Founder & Managing Director of Advanced Design Technology Ltd., added “The integration between complete system 1D model and 3D design optimization can help to speed design optimization of new powertrain systems such as fuel cells for heavy duty on highway or off highway applications.”

Visit our website, and register for the webinar,

Contact us at +44 (0)20 7299 1170 or visit our company website to arrange a demonstration of unique 3D design and analysis codes.

About Advanced Design Technology, Ltd. Advanced Design Technology (ADT) is a global leader in the development of advanced turbomachinery design methods, which help shorten development time and improve performance of turbomachinery components. Our aim is to put designers in direct control of the aerodynamic design and to considerably shorten the design time and time to market for a range of turbomachinery products. ADT’s clients, who represent some of the leading global players in the aerospace, automotive, power generation and marine fields, have achieved significant returns on investment in terms of reduction in design times, higher performance and ease of know-how transfer among different design teams and projects.

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Media Contacts Ali Panchoo Advanced Design Technology +44 (0) 20 7299 1170

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