GE's Flow Simulator is an integrated flow, heat transfer, and combustion design software that enables mixed fidelity simulations to optimize machine and systems design.
This fluid system design tool provides interdisciplinary modeling and optimization capabilities within a single platform for machine design with respect to fluid dynamics/thermal/combustion within a 3D design environment. This tool allows users to import actual hardware and utilization of 3D CAD point-cloud to automatically create the computational model overlaid on the machine hardware. An extended library of preconfigured elements/components is available to model/simulate a wide-range of physical phenomena including compressible/incompressible fluid flow, buoyancy-driven flow, rotating cavity system flow, conduction/convection/radiation heat transfer, combustion equilibrium-chemistry & species transport. Eight combinations of analysis modes (steady state, quasi steady state, and transient analysis for fluid dynamics, thermal, and combustions) are available to predict system/subsystem run conditions during a cycle/mission simulation (flight mission, power ramp up, shut down…etc). Control system components (proportional integral derivative (PID) controllers, feedforward, and mission) can be integrated with computational model system/subsystem to optimize the simulated-machine operation during cycle/mission analysis.
Flow Simulator Brochure
Overview of Flow Simulator, integrated heat transfer, combustion, and fluid design software that enables improved system integration to optimize machine design.
Flow Simulator Showcase Video
Introductory video to GE's integrated fluid, heat transfer, and combustion software, Flow Simulator.
“Every 2 seconds, a GE, CFM or Engine Alliance powered engine takes off or lands somewhere around the world. A key part of this success is our ability to perform advanced simulations of how the aircraft and our engines operate. The tool we use for advanced fluid simulations is Flow Simulator. Due to its modern graphical user interface, advanced simulation capabilities, accuracy, speed and robustness, Flow Simulator is our day-to-day work horse to design and simulate engine sealing systems, structures cooling, rotating cavity systems, combustor cooling, and thermal management. Flow Simulator’s accuracy and robustness has played a major role in the success of our engines.”
Chief Consulting Engineer, Component Design