CFD Online Discussion Forums

CFD Online Discussion Forums (
-   CFX (
-   -   Turbine Simulation (

hencata July 17, 2012 11:14

Turbine Simulation
Hello Everyone
I am a student and I am working with SolidWorks and ANSYS. in SolidWorks I did my CAD models, and I am exporting them to ANSYS. I am simulating a micro turbine, the turbine runner has to rotate on there own axis as the water strikes to the runner blades. I have many problems and I want to know if you can help me. If you have a tutorial or steps that you had used to solve the same problem, it will be good for me. I need to know all about domains definitions and connections between those.

I have not run the problem with steady state, but first I need to know the transient case. What should I do to run the problem.

Please Could you guide me.

Thanks a lot

ghorrocks July 17, 2012 19:31

There are a number of tutorials on rotating machines which come with CFX. Also there are more on the ANSYS Customer portal on the ANSYS website (you will need a login to access this).

hencata July 18, 2012 14:55

Turbine in CFX
Thanks Glenn,

I read many tutorials, but all of them has a rotor with angular velocity. My case has an Inlet pressure, and a free rotor that is moved when the water pressure reaches the blades. I have two domains, one for fluid (Water in constant flow), and another for solid (Rotor). INLET and Outlet are part of fluid domain. I don't know if I need to define an interface between both domains. Also if my rotor must be defined as immersed solid or solid domain.


ghorrocks July 18, 2012 18:42

Assuming you are looking for steady state performance:
The easiest way of doing this type of analysis when you do not know the operating speed is to use a standard rotating frame of reference approach, but sweep over a range of operating speeds. You can then interpolate to where the torque balances out and you have found the operating point.

This approach is much more accurate, faster and easier to implement than immersed solid or 6DOF approaches.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:05.