Abstract

A marine turbocharger 3D compressor design tool, implemented on an existing marine turbocharger retrofit platform is presented. It produces 3D centrifugal compressor geometry for optimal compressor retrofit. It encompasses two modules, allowing the design process to become fully automatic.

First, a 1D compressor multi-point design optimization process is carried out, aiming to provide a fast and reliable solution based on Turbocharged diesel Engine range of operation. Structural integrity is ensured by using simplified structural analysis. Dimensionless parameters are used as optimization variables, for a given nominal compressor mass flow and power. Then a CFD compressor multi-point design optimization process is carried out, producing optimized 3D compressor geometry. It complies with the Turbocharged diesel Engine range of operation, while structural integrity is ensured by using Finite Element analysis.

A turbocharger compressor design case study is presented. First, a turbocharger 1D compressor design is carried out, aiming to at least reconstituting the original diesel engine performance. This first module provides a reliable compressor initial geometry for the 3D design module. A fully 3D compressor design is then performed, using a CFD-FEA optimization process, in order to provide an improved retrofitting solution.

Comparison between the multi-point and the traditional one-point design method, shows that the multi-point method provides a wider SFC reduction in the range that the Diesel engine normally operates.

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