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Multi-ObjecTive design Optimization of fluid eneRgy machines

Objective

The MOTOR project focuses on ICT-enabled design optimization technologies for fluid energy machines (FEMs) that transfer mechanical energy to and from the fluid, in particular for aircraft engines, ship propellers, water turbines, and screw machines. The performance of these machines essentially depends on the shape of their geometry, which is described by functional free-form surfaces. Even small modifications have significant impact on the performance; hence the design process requires a very accurate representation of the geometry.
Our vision is to link all computational tools involved in the chain of design, simulation and optimization to the same representation of the geometry, thereby reducing the number of approximate conversion steps between different representations. The improved accuracy and reliability of numerical simulations enables the design of more efficient FEMs by effective design optimization methods. MOTOR also exploits the synergies between the design optimization technologies for the different types of FEMs that have so far been developed independently.

MOTOR adopts a modular approach for developing novel methodologies and computational tools and integrating them into real process chains, contributing
• a volumetric mesh generator with exact interface matching for multi-domain geometries enabling high-order multi-physics simulations with enhanced accuracy,
• an isogeometric analysis simulation toolbox for CFD, CSM, and FSI problems and advanced interactive visualization toolkit for high-order solutions, and
• automatic shape optimization based on a multi-level approach in the parameterization enabling different levels of shape variety to combine design space exploration with local searches.

The effectiveness of our approach in terms of reduced time to production and increased efficiency of the optimally designed product will be validated by developing four proof-of-concept demonstrators with the modernized process chains.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computational science/multiphysics
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-FoF-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 652 875

Participants (10)

CATERPILLAR PROPULSION PRODUCTION AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 91 250
Address
Langesand 1
475 22 Ockero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESS ENGINEERING SOFTWARE STEYR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 493 875
Address
Berggasse 35
4400 Steyr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 307 500
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING MARITIEM RESEARCH INSTITUUT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 511 250
Address
Haagsteeg 2
6708 PM Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAVEL AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 248 000
Address
Jana Nohy 1237
25601 Benesov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MTU AERO ENGINES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 625
Address
Dachauer Strasse 665
80995 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 319 375
Address
Univerzitni 8
306 14 Pilsen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 125
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 430 000
Address
Gottlieb Daimler Strasse
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 450 000
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations