Same Turbine Effectiveness with 30% Size Reduction
The simulation results helped Trond to better understand how to capture pressure to obtain more energy from the water flow, and how to avoid unnecessary turbulence and drag. The simulations have also contributed to increasing the effectiveness of the turbine design. Although the optimized turbine construction is reduced by 30% in size, it has almost half the number of turbine blades and a smaller diameter, the new design is still as effective as its predecessor.
With on-premises simulation software, it would have taken one hour to prepare the geometry, one hour to set up the simulation, and up to 49 computing hours to complete one run. With SimScale, on the other hand, the processing time was dramatically decreased to 1,5 hours in real time on 32 cores (48 hour computing time on 32 cores).
Furthermore, with the ability to run multiple simulations at the same time, Trond was able to use up to 150 computing hours in just 2 working days. The progress bar on the platform, as well as the e‐mail notifications also gave him a clear overview of ongoing and finished work, and let Trond better control the pace of client projects.
Although the optimized turbine construction is reduced by 30% in size, it has almost half the number of turbine blades and a smaller diameter, the new design is still as effective as its predecessor.