Date of Award

11-2016

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Magdy Attia

First Committee Member

Dr. Mark Ricklick

Second Committee Member

Dr. Reda Mankbadi

Third Committee Member

Dr. Naiara Petralanda

Abstract

A computer program capable of simplifying the preliminary aerodynamic design process of multistage axial compressors has been developed. This interactive design tool, named C-STAAC, combines the Meanline and Throughflow analysis capabilities of two independent compressor design codes to form one standalone system. The program greatly improves the efficiency of the Preliminary-to-Throughflow stages of compressor design by providing fully coupled interaction between the two platforms. The result enables the user to produce stacked airfoil geometry from only a handful of initial input parameters.

The program additionally offers a wide selection of pre- and post-processing capabilities that were not previously available with the independent design codes. This tool is accessed through an easy-to-use graphical user interface that allows for immediate visual feedback during design iterations, thus increasing user productivity and design turnaround time. An equivalent industry-standard process may take a substantial amount of time and effort. The unique “from scratch” design capabilities of C-STAAC are explained in complete detail, and the program’s abilities are demonstrated with illustrated examples.

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