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Supercomputing Supersonic Turbomachines

lambda-e1402592501801Over ORNL, Katie Elyce Jones writes that engineers from Ramgen Power Systems are designing future turbomachines to punch past the sound barrier with help from the Titan supercomputer.

The company is using intelligently driven optimization, which calculates the best available option within given parameters for predicting an optimally performing design. Ramgen accesses Titan through a Department of Energy Advanced Scientific Computing Research Leadership Computing Challenge award.

The technology Ramgen is trying to develop is unlike traditional turbomachines,” said Allan Grosvenor, senior engineering and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) lead who was instrumental in this work. “Developing something new and different necessitates a unique understanding of complicated aerodynamics taking place in these machines.”

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