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nathan June 6, 2011 09:41

Solver for turbomachinery?

I have recently begun using OpenFOAM and am working on a project involving turbomachinery. I have already done quite a bit of research on available solvers and have reviewed the work that is being done with OpenFOAM and turbomachinery (rhoPorousMRFPimpleFoam, MRFSimpleFoam, cyclicGGI bc). However I haven't found a solver that has all of the capabilities I'm looking for.

I'm looking for a steady, compressible solver, that can handle multiple reference frames. Being able to handle transonic/sonic flow would be a plus.

Has there been any work done in this area with OpenFOAM or possibly a work in progress? I have looked around the entire forum and other resources but haven't found anything.

I would program my own but at the moment I don't have the experience for such a project. Any feedback, news, or suggestions in this area would be appreciated!

nav January 17, 2012 23:01

Hello Nathan,

I have somehow similar problem. Have you found the answer of your problem.


elvis January 27, 2012 09:46


is "Density Based Navier Stokes Solver for Transonic Flows" of interest for you? see abstract

=> A new density based Navier-Stokes solver for laminar and turbulent transonic flows was developed.
Such solvers are in general better suited for transonic and supersonic flows,
+ the SRF and MRF [LBL04] formulation for rotating turbomachineries were implemented.

nav January 30, 2012 23:02

Thanks a lot Elvis for the reply.

How about for incompressible flow. Do you have any recommendation? for example for modeling flow around rotating water turbine.

Thanks a lot.

dre February 6, 2012 09:03

I just started on working with OpenFOAM on turbomachinery applications. Thank you very much for the informations about the solver!

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