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PSU utilizes ADS CFD in the classroom

Danville,  Calif. - January 23rd, 2018

The Pennsylvania State University’s Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department recently collaborated with ADS CFD to provide students access to advanced turbomachinery software for studying turbomachinery design concepts.    

ADS CFD was used in a graduate level course titled “ME 597: Advanced Gas Turbine System and Component Design” offered in the fall of 2017.  Taught by Professor Stephen Lynch, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, the graduate-level class introduced both theory and design concepts for compressors, combustors, turbines, and secondary air systems for land-based and aerospace gas turbines.  When asked about the need for incorporating software into advanced turbomachinery courses, Professor Lynch stated “The trend in industry is to use software for every aspect of design, from the component level, to system level optimization and to satisfy mission level requirements.  We received feedback from colleagues in the industry, including both Pratt & Whitney and GE, that there was a need to incorporate modern analysis tools used by industry into our program.”

Talking about the reasons behind selecting ADS CFD, Professor Lynch stated that “the students had very limited experience with CFD prior to the class and I was looking for a software that would have a short learning curve. One advantage of using ADS CFD was that with the default settings it provided, the students avoided a lot of pitfalls. The students didn’t have to spend a lot of time inputting geometries, converting those geometries to CFD meshes and applying boundary conditions.  The automation of the system helped to produce results quickly and the turbomachinery specific postprocessing connected directly to the course material.“

Summarizing his teaching experience using ADS CFD, Professor Lynch said “[the software] was easy to use and very helpful in connecting the theory to design practice. It was especially powerful for visualizing secondary/tip flows which are hard to describe analytically, and the physical mechanisms  that cause compressor stall and choke.  To other faculty members who are interested in incorporating CFD into their courses, I would highly recommend using ADS CFD. “

Final projects for the class were developed over the final few weeks of the course.  Students were allowed to explore areas of interest with CFD validation being an optional part of the work.  Links to some of the student's work can be found here.

About ADS CFD 

ADS is a provider of design and analysis software for the turbomachinery industry.  Our software suite is built around the aerospace-class CFD solver, Code LEO, an HPC enabled solver capable of handling your most challenging analyses.  Organizations trust ADS in the design of their radial and axial compressors and turbines when high fidelity and fast turnaround time are required.  ADS is turbomachinery CFD you can count on.