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T-AXI suite of Turbomachinery AXIsymmetric Design Codes

http://gtsl.ase.uc.edu/T-AXI

These codes are available for use as-is with no expressed or implied warranties. These files have
been made available to give students access to a turbomachinery design system.

Authors:
• Mark G. Turner - University of Cincinnati - mark.turner@uc.edu
• Ali Merchant - MIT - merchant@mit.edu
• Dario Bruna - University of Genoa, Italy - dario.bruna@unige.it
• Kiran Siddappaji - University of Cincinnati - s2kn@mail.uc.edu

Copyright by Mark G. Turner, Ali Merchant, and Dario Bruna.
Download the zip folder from the main page, extract it.
The extracted folder will have a T-AXI-API-WIN32 folder. This folder contains
1. bin : contains windows executables
2. Documentation
3. Examples
4. win

The following codes are available for windows:
• tcdes - Turbomachinery Compressor Design code
Inputs: init.casename, stage.casename, igv.casename (optional)
Outputs: stack.casename, walls.casename, tcdes-results.casename, cgeo.casename,
crvth.casename

• ttdes - Turbomachinery Turbine Design code
Inputs: init.casename, stage.casename, ogv.casename (optional)
Outputs: stack.casename, walls.casename, ttdes-results.casename, cgeo.casename,
crvth.casename

• taxi_D - Turbomachinery AXIsymmetric solver graphics version
Inputs: stack.casename, walls.casename, bladegenpar.casename
Outputs: air.bladerow#.casename, blade.radialsection.bladerow#.casename,
blade3D.bladerow#.casename, bladedata-casename.dat, bv-casename.bat,
ises.radialsection.bladerow#.casename, stream.radialsection.bladerow#.casename,
streamxyz.radialsection.bladerow#.casename, strm.bladerow#.casename

• taxi_driver - Turbomachinery AXIsymmetric solver non-graphics version
Inputs and Outputs are same as the above.

• t-viz - Turbomachinery Visualizer which is in the 'win' folder.

The documentation directory has good documentation for running tcdes. Other documentation
should be available soon.
The Examples folder has 5 cases:
1. EEE-HPC-DES
2. EEE-HPC-full-definition
3. EEE-LPT-DES
4. SMI-analyze
5. SMI-des

All codes are run from the DOS command prompt. This is available from the Accessories
window under All Programs. A ">" represents a command prompt.
Press ‘TAB’ to autocomplete the filename while typing it in the command prompt.
This ReadMe is for using the graphics version of T-AXI-API on old file formats.
Go to the Examples folder using the command prompt. Make sure it is your current working
directory.

Tutorial 1: EEE-HPC-DES
This is an EEE compressor case with free vortex design. The case name is ‘e3c-des’. The folder
contains igv.e3c-des, init.e3c-des, stage.e3c-des, bladegenpar.e3c-des and spec.col. "spec.col"
is a color file used by t-viz.

You need to run tcdes for this case first. For a compressor, the coupled boundary layer is
turned on by default.

1. In the Examples folder cd to EEE-HPC-DES.
>cd EEE-HPC-DES
2. Do a ‘dir’ to list the contents of the folder.
3. To run tcdes for this case type
>..\..\bin\tcdes e3c-des
4. This creates the walls (walls.e3c-des), stack (stack.e3c-des) and the tcdes result files as
listed above. Now run T-AXI as below with the solver flag (-s).
>..\..\bin\taxi_D.exe –s e3c-des
5. This brings up the grid viewer in a separate window showing the axisymmetric flow path
with all the blade rows. The command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to continue: c>’.
> Press ‘Enter’
6. This launches the T-Axi solver and opens a graphics window showing different
properties varying with the iterations. It is set to 200 iterations by default. Once the
solution converges or reaches 200 iterations and the 3D blade files are written the
command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to quit: c>’.
>Press ‘Enter’
7. The graphic window closes and T-AXI has now been run successfully. To view the
outcome in 3D we need to use t-viz. Type the filename of the batch file created by T-Axi.
>bv-e3c-des.bat
8. This ends the tutorial for EEE-HPC-DES.


Tutorial 2: EEE-HPC-full-definition
This is an EEE compressor case with full definition design. The case name is ‘e3c’. The folder
contains stack.e3c, walls.e3c, bladegenpar.e3c and spec.col. "spec.col" is a color file used by
t-viz.

You need to run T-AXI directly for this case. For a compressor, the coupled boundary layer is
turned on by default.

1. In the Examples folder cd to EEE-HPC-full-definition.
>cd EEE-HPC-full-definition
2. Do a ‘dir’ to list the contents of the folder.
3. Run T-AXI as below with the solver flag (-s).
>..\..\bin\taxi_D.exe –s e3c
4. This brings up the grid viewer in a separate window showing the axisymmetric flow path
with all the blade rows. The command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to continue: c>’.
> Press ‘Enter’
5. This launches the T-Axi solver and opens a graphics window showing different
properties varying with the iterations. It is set to 200 iterations by default. Once the
solution converges or reaches 200 iterations and the 3D blade files are written the
command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to quit: c> ’.
>Press ‘Enter’
6. The graphic window closes and T-AXI has now been run successfully. To view the
outcome in 3D we need to use t-viz. Type the filename of the batch file created by T-Axi.
>bv-e3c.bat
7. This ends the tutorial for EEE-HPC-full-definition.

Tutorial 3: EEE-LPT-DES
This is an EEE low pressure turbine case. The case name is ‘lpt-des’. The folder contains init.lpt-
des, stage.lpt-des, bladegenpar.lpt-des and spec.col. "spec.col" is a color file used by t-viz.

You need to run ttdes for this case first. For a turbine, the coupled boundary layer is turned off
by default.

1. In the Examples folder cd to EEE-LPT-DES.
>cd EEE-LPT-DES
2. Do a ‘dir’ to list the contents of the folder.
3. To run ttdes for this case type
>..\..\bin\ttdes lpt-des
4. This creates the walls (walls.lpt-des), stack (stack.lpt-des) and the ttdes result files as
listed above. Now run T-AXI as below with the solver flag (-s).
>..\..\bin\taxi_D.exe –s lpt-des
5. This brings up the grid viewer in a separate window showing the axisymmetric flow path
with all the blade rows. The command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to continue: c>’.
> Press ‘Enter’
6. This launches the T-Axi solver and opens a graphics window showing different
properties varying with the iterations. It is set to 200 iterations by default. Once the
solution converges or reaches 200 iterations and the 3D blade files are written the
command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to quit: c> ’.
>Press ‘Enter’
7. The graphic window closes and T-AXI has now been run successfully. To view the
outcome in 3D we need to use t-viz. Type the filename of the batch file created by T-Axi.
>bv-lpt-des.bat
8. This ends the tutorial for EEE-LPT-DES.

Tutorial 4: SMI-analyze
This is an SMI compressor case with full definition design. The case name is ‘smi’. The folder
contains stack.smi, walls.smi, bladegenpar.smi and spec.col. "spec.col" is a color file used by t-
viz.

You need to run T-AXI directly for this case. For a compressor, the coupled boundary layer is
turned on by default.

1. In the Examples folder cd to SMI-analyze.
>cd SMI-analyze
2. Do a ‘dir’ to list the contents of the folder.
3. Run T-AXI as below with the solver flag (-s).
>..\..\bin\taxi_D.exe –s smi
4. This brings up the grid viewer in a separate window showing the axisymmetric flow path
with all the blade rows. The command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to continue: c>’.
> Press ‘Enter’
5. This launches the T-Axi solver and opens a graphics window showing different
properties varying with the iterations. It is set to 200 iterations by default. Once the
solution converges or reaches 200 iterations and the 3D blade files are written the
command prompt asks ‘Press Enter to quit: c> ’.
>Press ‘Enter’
6. The graphic window closes and T-AXI has now been run successfully. To view the
outcome in 3D we need to use t-viz. Type the filename of the batch file created by T-Axi.
>bv-smi.bat
7. This ends the tutorial for SMI-analyze.

Tutorial 5: SMI-des
This is an SMI compressor case. The case name is ‘smi-des’. The folder contains init.smi-des,
stage.smi-des, bladegenpar.smi-des and spec.col. "spec.col" is a color file used by t-viz.

Repeat the steps of Tutorial 1 for this case with casename ‘smi-des’.