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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Workflows
2.1. Geometry Sources
2.2. Mesh Sources
2.3. Solution Sources
2.4. Examples of TurboSystem Workflows
2.5. Usage Notes for Specific Workflows
2.5.1. Tips on using ANSYS Workbench
2.5.2. Using BladeGen
2.5.2.1. Changing the Active Document in BladeGen
2.5.3. Using BladeEditor
2.5.3.1. Loading versus Importing a BladeGen Geometry
2.5.3.2. Restarting a BladeEditor Session
2.5.3.3. Modifying Spline Curves
2.5.3.4. Adding a Hub Fillet to an Imported BladeGen
Geometry
2.5.3.5. Creating a Full 360-Degree Fluid Zone for an Impeller
2.5.4. Using ANSYS TurboGrid
2.5.5. Using ANSYS CFX
2.5.5.1. Connecting from a Turbo Mesh Cell
2.5.5.2. Changing the Geometry
2.6. Using ANSYS Workbench J ournaling and Scripting with TurboSystem
2.6.1. Acquiring a J ournal File with a TurboSystem Component in
ANSYS Workbench
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2.6.1.1. J ournal of an Operation that uses Vista TF
2.6.1.2. J ournal of an Operation that uses ANSYS TurboGrid
2.6.2. Scripting
2.6.2.1. Example: Using a Script to Change the Mesh Density
in ANSYS TurboGrid
2.7. Quick Pump Tutorial
2.7.1. Designing the Blade and Creating the Mesh
2.7.2. Setting up the Turbomachinery Simulation
2.7.3. Viewing the Turbo Report
3. BladeGen
3.1. Tips on Using the Create New Blade CFD Mesh Command
4. BladeEditor
4.1. Configuring the ANSYS BladeModeler License
4.2. The BladeEditor User Interface
4.2.1. Tree View and Details View
4.2.2. Contour Sketch Management
4.2.3. BladeEditor Toolbars
4.2.3.1. Feature Creation Toolbar
4.2.3.2. Active Selection Toolbar
4.2.3.3. Display Control Toolbar
4.2.4. Auxiliary Views
4.2.4.1. Blade-to-Blade View
4.2.4.2. Blade Lean Graph
4.2.4.3. Curvature View
4.2.4.4. Meridional Curvature View
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4.2.5. Angle and Thickness Views
4.2.5.1. Angle View
4.2.5.2. Thickness View
4.2.6. Section Definition and Stacking Views
4.2.6.1. Section Definition View
4.2.6.2. Section Stacking View
4.2.7. User Preferences and Properties
4.3. Blade Editing Features
4.3.1. Flow Path Contour Creation
4.3.2. FlowPath Feature
4.3.3. Blade Feature
4.3.3.1. Blades made using Camberline/Thickness sub-features
4.3.3.1.1. Adding/Removing CamThkDef sub-features
4.3.3.2. Blades made using Blade Section (Airfoil Design Mode)
Sub-features
4.3.4. Camberline/Thickness Definition Sub-feature
4.3.4.1. Interpolated and Non-interpolated Angle/Thickness
Data
4.3.4.2. Importing and Exporting Angle Definition Data
4.3.4.3. Importing and Exporting Thickness Definition Data
4.3.4.4. Converting Curves to Bezier or Spline
4.3.4.5. Converting Angle Definition Data
4.3.5. Blade Section (Airfoil Design Mode) Sub-feature
4.3.6. Splitter Feature
4.3.6.1. Cloned Splitter
4.3.6.2. Independent Splitter
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4.3.6.2.1. Camberline/Thickness Definition Sub-features
of Independent Splitters
4.3.7. Stage Fluid Zone Feature
4.3.8. Throat Area Feature
4.4. Blade Comparison
4.5. Importing Blades from ANSYS BladeGen
4.5.1. Limitations of the ImportBGD Feature
4.6. Loading and Modifying Blades from ANSYS BladeGen
4.7. Using and Exporting Blades
4.7.1. Export to Vista TF (.geo)
4.7.2. Export as Meanline Data (.rtzt file)
4.7.3. Export to ANSYS TurboGrid
4.8. Blade Parameterization
4.8.1. Meridional Contours
4.8.2. FlowPath Feature
4.8.3. Blade Feature
4.8.4. Camberline/Thickness Definition Sub-feature
4.8.5. Splitter Feature
4.8.6. StageFluidZone Feature
4.8.7. ExportPoints Feature
4.8.8. VistaTFExport Feature
4.9. Tutorial 1: Blade Editing With Emphasis On Sketches, Layers, and
Blade Comparison
4.9.1. Creating the Blade
4.9.2. Editing the Main Blades and Splitter Blades in BladeEditor
4.9.2.1. Modifying the Shroud
4.9.2.2. Using Blade Comparison Mode While Updating a
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Control Point on the Shroud
4.9.2.3. Changing the Number of Blades
4.9.2.4. Changing the Leading Edge
4.9.2.5. Adding Camberline/Thickness Definitions on New
Layers
4.9.2.6. Calculating the Throat Area
4.9.3. Summary
4.10. Tutorial 2: Blade Editing With Emphasis On Camberline and Thickness
Distributions
4.10.1. Creating the Blade
4.10.2. Editing the Main Blades and Splitter Blades in BladeEditor
4.10.2.1. Adding Blade Clearance
4.10.2.2. Modifying Camberline/Thickness Definitions at the
Hub and Shroud
4.10.2.3. Modifying the Thickness Distribution of the Splitter
Blade
4.10.3. Looking at the Auxiliary Views
4.10.4. Exporting Geometry to ANSYS TurboGrid
4.10.5. Using ANSYS Meshing
4.10.6. Summary
5. Vista RTD
5.1. Vista RTD Workflows
5.2. Data Review and Edit
5.2.1. Aerodynamics Tab
5.2.2. Geometry Tab
5.3. Viewing the Results
5.3.1. Results Tab
5.3.2. Velocity Triangles Tab
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5.4. Context Menu Commands of the Blade Design Cell
5.5. Launching a New BladeGen Model
5.6. Creating a New Throughflow System
5.7. Launching a New BladeEditor Model
5.8. Linking to a New Vista TF Cell
5.9. Using Vista RTD to Model an Existing Turbine
5.10. Appendix 1: Definition of Parameters on Results Tab (Ideal and
Semi-perfect Gas)
6. Vista CCD
6.1. Vista CCD Workflows
6.2. Data Review and Edit
6.2.1. Duty and Aerodynamic Data Tab
6.2.2. Gas Properties Tab
6.2.3. Geometry Tab
6.3. Viewing the Results
6.4. Common Options
6.5. Context Menu Commands of the Blade Design Cell
6.6. Launching a New BladeGen Model
6.7. Creating a New Throughflow System
6.8. Launching a New BladeEditor Model
6.9. Using Vista CCD to Model an Existing Compressor
6.10. Predicting a Performance Map
6.11. Appendix 1: Definition of Parameters on Results Tab
6.12. Notation
6.13. References
7. Vista CPD
7.1. Vista CPD Workflows
7.2. Vista CPD Interface Details
7.2.1. Global Controls
7.2.2. Graphics Display
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7.2.2.1. Sketches
7.2.2.2. Efficiency Chart
7.2.3. Component Controls
7.2.3.1. Operating conditions Tab
7.2.3.1.1. Units
7.2.3.1.2. Duty
7.2.3.1.3. Efficiencies
7.2.3.2. Geometry Tab
7.2.3.2.1. Impeller Geometry
7.2.3.2.1.1. Hub Diameter
7.2.3.2.1.2. Leading Edge Blade Angles
7.2.3.2.1.3. Tip Diameter
7.2.3.2.1.4. Trailing Edge Blade Angles
7.2.3.2.1.5. Miscellaneous
7.2.3.2.2. Volute Geometry
7.2.3.2.2.1. Casing rotation angle
7.2.3.2.2.2. Section Type
7.2.3.2.2.3. Diffuser
7.2.3.3. Results Tab
7.2.3.3.1. Impeller Results
7.2.3.3.1.1. Overall Performance
7.2.3.3.1.2. Impeller Inlet
7.2.3.3.1.3. Impeller Exit
7.2.3.3.2. Volute Results
7.2.3.3.2.1. Key Dimensions
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7.2.3.3.2.2. Sections, cutwater to throat
7.2.3.3.2.3. Diffuser
7.3. Context Menu Commands of the Blade Design Cell
7.4. Launching a New BladeGen Model
7.5. Creating a New Throughflow System
7.6. Launching a New BladeEditor Model
7.7. Creating a New Volute
8. Vista AFD
8.1. Vista AFD Workflow
8.1.1. Meanline Calculation
8.1.2. Design (Throughflow) Calculation
8.1.3. Analysis (Throughflow) Calculation
8.2. Data Review and Edit
8.2.1. Aerodynamics Tab
8.2.2. Geometry Tab
8.2.3. Controls Tab
8.3. Results Tab
8.4. Context Menu Commands of the Cells in the Vista AFD System
8.5. Creating a Blade Design
8.5.1. Launching a New BladeGen Model
8.5.2. Launching a New BladeEditor Model
8.6. Troubleshooting and Error Messages
8.7. Notation
9. TurboGrid
10. CFX-Pre
11. CFD-Post
12. Vista TF
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12.1. Vista TF User's Guide
12.1.1. Vista TF Setup Cell Properties
12.1.2. Customizing the Vista TF Template Files
12.1.3. Vista TF Context Menu Commands
12.2. Vista TF Reference Guide
12.2.1. Running Vista TF from the Command Line
12.2.2. Input and Output Data Files for Vista TF
12.2.2.1. The Auxiliary File with the Default Name: vista_tf.fil
12.2.2.1.1. Backwards Compatibility and Cases without
Real Gas Data
12.2.2.2. Overview of Input Files
12.2.2.3. Overview of Output Files
12.2.2.4. Specification of the Control Data File (*.con)
12.2.2.5. Specification of the Geometry Data File (*.geo)
12.2.2.6. Specification of Aerodynamic Data File (*.aer)
12.2.2.7. Specification of Correlations Data File (*.cor)
12.2.2.8. Specification of the Real Gas Properties Data File
(*.rgp)
12.2.2.9. Specification of the Output Data File (*.out)
12.2.2.10. Specification of the Text Data Files (*.txt)
12.2.2.11. Specification of the CFD-Post Output Files (*.csv)
12.2.2.12. Specification of Convergence History Data File
(*.hst)
12.2.3. Software Limitations
12.2.4. Streamline Curvature Throughflow Theory
12.2.4.1. The Equations
12.2.4.2. The Mean Stream Surface
12.2.4.3. The Grid
12.2.4.4. Ductflow and Throughflow
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12.2.4.5. Iterative Solution Procedure
12.2.4.6. Initial Estimate
12.2.4.7. Radial Equilibrium Equation
12.2.4.8. Combination of Velocity Gradient and Continuity
Equations
12.2.4.9. Relaxation Factors
12.2.4.10. Streamline curvature
12.2.4.11. Equations for Enthalpy and Angular Momentum
12.2.4.12. Boundary Conditions
12.2.4.13. Empirical Data
12.2.4.14. Blade-to-blade Solution
12.2.4.15. Spanwise Mixing
12.2.4.16. Streamline Curvature Throughflow Theory:
Bibliography
12.2.5. Appendices
12.2.5.1. Appendix A: A Note on Sign Convention for Angles
and Velocities in Vista TF
12.2.5.1.1. Definition of Blade Lean Angles
12.2.5.1.2. Definition of Meridional Streamline
Inclination Angle or Pitch Angle
12.2.5.1.3. Definition of Blade Angle
12.2.5.2. Appendix B: Example of a Control Data File (*.con)
12.2.5.3. Appendix C: Example of a Geometry Data File
(*.geo) for a Radial Impeller
12.2.5.4. Appendix D: Example of an Aerodynamic Data File
(*.aer)
12.2.5.5. Appendix E: Examples of Correlations Data Files
(*.cor)
12.2.5.6. Appendix F: Troubleshooting
12.2.5.6.1. Input-output Errors
12.2.5.6.2. Convergence
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12.2.5.6.3. Reverse Flow
12.2.5.6.4. Choking
12.2.5.6.5. Computational Grid
12.2.5.6.6. Other Numerical Issues
12.2.5.6.7. Using real gas files
12.2.5.7. Appendix G: The RTZTtoGEO Program
12.2.5.8. Appendix H: Example of a Real Gas Property Data
File (*.rgp)
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