My Current Activities

A colleague at MTU told me already in the 1990’s that GasTurb is fully developed and nothing important is missing. I think, however, there is always room for improvement and selling my software has not ended my interest in gas turbine performance simulation. In the last few years, I took part in FORUM 2022 of the GPPS in Zurich and presented the results of my work at conferences.

Simulating starting and windmilling with a thermodynamic cycle program is a challenge. In a first attempt to make it possible with GasTurb I neglected user-friendliness, but in principle the program did work. Later I thought again about the problem and improved both the simulation algorithm and its ease-of-use significantly. 

Compressor and turbine maps containing data for very low speeds are required for engine starting simulations, but usually not available. Methods for extenting maps had to be developed and implemented into the compressor and turbine map preparation programs Smooth C and Smooth T. My way to apply the improved starting and windmilling simulation methodology I have published at the GPPS conference 2022:

Starting and windmilling simulations using compressor and turbine maps
Joachim Kurzke
Journal of the Global Power and Propulsion Society. 7: 58-70, 2023

Another topic of interest was for me the calculation of turbine maps for conceptual engine design purposes. I converted an old NASA code to a Delphi program with a modern GUI and called it TurPer. It uses as input data results generated with the "More" calculation mode of GasTurb. At the recent ISABE conference in Ottawa, Canada, I presented a paper which uses turbine maps generated with TurPer:

Conceptual Gas Turbine Design: The Role of Turbine Maps
Joachim Kurzke


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