CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

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.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Address

Stevinweg 1
2628 Cn Delft

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 652 875

Participants (10)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

CATERPILLAR PROPULSION PRODUCTION AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 91 250

ESS ENGINEERING SOFTWARE STEYR GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 493 875

UNIVERSITAT LINZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 307 500

STICHTING MARITIEM RESEARCH INSTITUUT NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 511 250

MAVEL AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 248 000

MTU AERO ENGINES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 400 625

ZAPADOCESKA UNIVERZITA V PLZNI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 319 375

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 398 125

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 430 000

INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 450 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 678727

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 302 875

  • EU contribution

    € 4 302 875

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands