• Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 02:00
  • Purdue University | West Lafayette | IN
  • USA

Advanced methods for CFD optimization and model calibration in fluid machinery

ESTECO Academy, jointly with Purdue's MAHA Lab organizes the workshop on Advanced methods for CFD optimization and model calibration in fluid machinery to be held on June 14th 2016 at the Purdue University. 

The focus of the workshop is to discuss and explore the use of latest numerical optimization techniques to study, design and optimize fluid machines and fluid systems. Nowadays, the combination of simulation models able to capture the physical phenomena characterizing the operation of fluid components with advanced optimization strategies techniques offers enormous potentials for detailed analysis and virtual prototyping.

The workshop will be held at the Maha Fluid Power Center of Purdue University with the support of ESTECO. The schedule of the workshop includes technical presentations on various optimization cases, given by Purdue Researchers, Prof. Enrico Nobile from the University of Trieste (Italy) and two guest speakers from Cummins.

The workshop will also include a visit of the Maha Fluid Power Research Center during the morning, and a training session(*) on modeFRONTIER during the afternoon.



8.00 AM Registration and welcome coffee
8:30 - 8:45 AM​ Prof. Vacca / Prof. Ivantysynova | Opening and presentation of Maha Fluid Power Research Center
8:45 - 10:00 AM​ Maha researchers (tentative)
Xinran Zhao: Optimization of external gear pumps
Andrew Robison: Port optimization of Gerotor machines
Divya Thiagarajan: Optimal balance solutions for pressure compensated gear pumps
10:00 - 10:45 AM  Tour of Maha Fluid Power Research Center
10:45 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 -12:00 AM

SEMINAR | Invited Lecturer | prof. Enrico Nobile (University of Trieste - Italy)
Using modeFRONTIER with CFD for cavitation models calibration and shape optimization: the case of marine propellers and pumps 

  • A brief introduction to Design Optimization in engineering and best practices for CFD analysis 
  • Calibration of cavitation models and some selected results for marine propellers
  • Shape optimization: a real-life example of a pump
12:00 -12:30 PM ESTECO Academy membership > program presentation
12:30 -1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 -2:30 PM Industry perspective > invited speakers from Cummins
Kevin Brittain | Applied Mechanics Engineer – Technical Specialist
Bob Tickel | Director of Structural & Dynamic Analysis “Analysis Led Design at Cummins”
2:30 -3:00 PM Bus Transportation to computer lab
3:00 -6:00 PM Hands-on workshop > modeFRONTIER


Admission is free > registration required