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    A coupled adjoint formulation for non-cooled and internally cooled turbine blade optimization

    , Article Applied Thermal Engineering ; Volume 105 , 2016 , Pages 327-335 ; 13594311 (ISSN) Zeinalpour, M ; Mazaheri, K ; Chaharlang Kiani, K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2016
    Abstract
    Most researches on the application of the adjoint method in turbine blade design are concentrated on the aerodynamic shape optimization without considering the heat transfer to/from the blade material. In this study, the adjoint method is extended to the conjugate heat transfer problems in which the viscous flow field is coupled to heat transfer in the solid region. Introducing a new adjoint variable in the solid domain, a heat adjoint equation is derived which is coupled with the energy adjoint equation in the fluid zone at the fluid/solid interface. The detailed mathematical description associated with the derivation of the heat adjoint equation with corresponding boundary conditions are... 

    Three-dimensional Aerothermal Shape Optimization of Turbine Blade, Using Gradient Adjoint-based Methods

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Zeinalpour, Mehdi (Author) ; Mazaheri, Karim (Supervisor)
    Abstract
    The most important challenge and the most time consuming part of the gradient based optimization algorithms in the aerodynamic shape optimization problems is the evaluation of the sensitivity of the objective function with respect to the design variables. The adjoint method which has been the subject of many research in the recent three decades, is capable of computing the complete gradient information needed for optimization by solving the governing flow equations and their corresponding adjoint equations only once, regardless of the number of design parameters. In this study, the continues adjoint equations for compressible inviscid and viscous flows are derived and the formulation of... 

    Turbine blade aerodynamic optimization on unstructured grids using a continuous adjoint method

    , Article ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012, Houston, TX, 9 November 2012 through 15 November 2012 ; Volume 1 , 2012 , Pages 425-431 ; 9780791845172 (ISBN) Zeinalpour, M ; Mazaheri, K ; Irannejad, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    2012
    Abstract
    A gradient based optimization using the continuous adjoint method for inverse design of a turbine blade cascade is presented. The advantage of the adjoint method is that the objective function gradients can be evaluated by solving the adjoint equations with coefficients depending on the flow variables. This method is particularly suitable for aerodynamic design optimization for which the number of design variables is large. Bezier polynomials are used to parameterize suction side of the turbine blade. The numerical convective fluxes of both flow and adjoint equations are computed by using a Roe-type approximate Riemann solver. An approximate linearization is applied to simplify the... 

    Entropy minimization in turbine cascade using continuous adjoint formulation

    , Article Engineering Optimization ; Volume 48, Issue 2 , 2016 , Pages 213-230 ; 0305215X (ISSN) Zeinalpour, M ; Mazaheri, K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Taylor and Francis Ltd 
    Abstract
    A complete continuous adjoint formulation is presented here for the optimization of the turbulent flow entropy generation rate through a turbine cascade. The adjoint method allows one to have many design variables, but still afford to compute the objective function gradient. The new adjoint system can be applied to different structured and unstructured grids as well as mixed subsonic and supersonic flows. For turbulent flow simulation, the k-ω shear-stress transport turbulence model and Roe's flux function are used. To ensure all possible shape models, a mesh-point method is used for design parameters, and an implicit smoothing function is implemented to avoid the generation of non-smoothed... 

    Calculation of the Scaling Factor for WWER-1000 Reactor (Boushehr)

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Farhang Fallah, Vahid (Author) ; Vossoughi, Nasser (Supervisor)

    Development of a 2-D 2-group neutron noise simulator for hexagonal geometries

    , Article Annals of Nuclear Energy ; Volume 37, Issue 8 , 2010 , Pages 1089-1100 ; 03064549 (ISSN) Malmir, H ; Vosoughi, N ; Zahedinejad, E ; Sharif University of Technology
    Abstract
    In this paper, the development of a neutron noise simulator for hexagonal-structured reactor cores using both the forward and the adjoint methods is reported. The spatial discretisation of both 2-D 2-group static and dynamic equations is based on a developed box-scheme finite difference method for hexagonal mesh boxes. Using the power iteration method for the static calculations, the 2-group neutron flux and its adjoint with the corresponding eigenvalues are obtained by the developed static simulator. The results are then benchmarked against the well-known CITATION computer code. The dynamic calculations are performed in the frequency domain which leads to discarding of the time...