Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is designed to give students a wide overview of the most appropriate methods to approach the project of a fluid machine.
Course contents summary
The design with analytical methods and numerical methods. Similarity criteria.
How to increase performance and reduce pollutions. Review of most common thermodynamic cycles. Steam injection in a gas cycle.
Predicting the behaviour off design. Most important regulation systems. Influence of environmental conditions on the turbogas plants performances.
Introducing the numerical design. Conceptual differences between design methods and simulation methods applied to fluid machines. Zero-dimensional methods.
Reminders of combustion theories. Combustion chambers for steam generators. Combustion chambers for gas turbines. Matching between components. Start, stop and transients problems.
Example of zero-dimensional calculation step by step for predicting compressor Lysholm behaviour.
Introduction to mono-dimensional methods. Application of the method of characteristics to evaluate the mass exchange in internal combustion engines.
Application of mono-dimensional methods to modify a motorcycle engine for racing application in Formula SAE competitions.
During the course the students will perform a fluid machine design.