RITAL™

CAE Software for Radial Turbine Design

A meanline approach is used to design radial and mixed-inflow turbines. RITAL™ is used to design the turbine stage, analyze performance, refine parameters with data reduction, and model the machine according to several performance models. RITAL's unique Design Wizard leads the user through all the steps necessary for design, analysis, and data reduction. The meanline turbine design can easily migrate into the AxCent® program for further blade design and fluid dynamic analysis.

Components Supported by RITAL:

  • Inlet volutes
  • Nozzles
  • Rotors
  • Exhaust diffusers

Modeling

RITAL has built-in models for inlet volutes, rotor and nozzle diffusion/losses, disk friction, and other losses related to subsonic turbine performance. The same consistent model is used in both the design and analysis modes of RITAL.

Integrated Performance Map Plotting

Review design performance, analysis, and test data with flexibly plotted performance maps, updated automatically with each geometric change.

Easy Editing

View the turbine stage in an active, true-scale meridional view. Edit the parameters by double clicking on the component in the meridional view. Also edit parameters using a single text input/output file, a feature especially useful for optimization.

Table View of Results

View the results in a flexible, spreadsheet-like table format, customizable through separate filters. Create any number of filters, select what to display, and customize the labels as well.

Axial View with Velocity Triangles

Using the window view, view blades and velocity triangles at the impeller inlet and exit.

OLE Automation Support

Control RITAL from an external program through industry-standard Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) automation. OLE automation supports full control of data entry, program execution, and result retrieval. External programs can be written in Visual Basic, C++, FORTRAN, or any other language which supports the Microsoft® OLE standard.

A Real Fluid Program

RITAL calculates Real Fluid properties using optional DB Robinson Real Fluid Properties, NIST, or ASME Steam routines. Users can also incorporate their own proprietary fluid properties.

Direct Integration with AxCent®

Start AxCent automatically from inside RITAL, which automatically transfers the initial geometry to AxCent for 3D geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output for CFD and FEA stress analysis. Changes in AxCent that affect the meanline analysis will cause the meanline analysis to be rerun and all performance maps to be regenerated.

Output to AxCent®

RITAL supports the Agile Engineering Design System® process through easy transfer of meanline design information to the AxCent program for geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output to CFD and FEA programs.

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Software Highlights

    • Inlet volutes

    • Nozzles

    • Rotors

    • Exhaust diffusers

  • RITAL has built-in models for inlet volutes, rotor and nozzle diffusion/losses, disk friction, and other losses related to subsonic turbine performance. The same consistent model is used in both the design and analysis modes of RITAL.

  • Review design performance, analysis, and test data with flexibly plotted performance maps, updated automatically with each geometric change.

  • View the turbine stage in an active, true-scale meridional view. Edit the parameters by double clicking on the component in the meridional view. Also edit parameters using a single text input/output file, a feature especially useful for optimization.

  • View the results in a flexible, spreadsheet-like table format, customizable through separate filters. Create any number of filters, select what to display, and customize the labels as well.

  • Using the window view, view blades and velocity triangles at the impeller inlet and exit.

  • Control RITAL from an external program through industry-standard Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) automation. OLE automation supports full control of data entry, program execution, and result retrieval. External programs can be written in Visual Basic, C++, FORTRAN, or any other language which supports the Microsoft® OLE standard.

  • RITAL calculates Real Fluid properties using optional DB Robinson Real Fluid Properties, NIST, or ASME Steam routines. Users can also incorporate their own proprietary fluid properties.

  • Start AxCent automatically from inside RITAL, which automatically transfers the initial geometry to AxCent for 3D geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output for CFD and FEA stress analysis. Changes in AxCent that affect the meanline analysis will cause the meanline analysis to be rerun and all performance maps to be regenerated.

  • RITAL supports the Agile Engineering Design System® process through easy transfer of meanline design information to the AxCent program for geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output to CFD and FEA programs.

  • Inlet volutes

  • Nozzles

  • Rotors

  • Exhaust diffusers

RITAL has built-in models for inlet volutes, rotor and nozzle diffusion/losses, disk friction, and other losses related to subsonic turbine performance. The same consistent model is used in both the design and analysis modes of RITAL.

Review design performance, analysis, and test data with flexibly plotted performance maps, updated automatically with each geometric change.

View the turbine stage in an active, true-scale meridional view. Edit the parameters by double clicking on the component in the meridional view. Also edit parameters using a single text input/output file, a feature especially useful for optimization.

View the results in a flexible, spreadsheet-like table format, customizable through separate filters. Create any number of filters, select what to display, and customize the labels as well.

Using the window view, view blades and velocity triangles at the impeller inlet and exit.

Control RITAL from an external program through industry-standard Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) automation. OLE automation supports full control of data entry, program execution, and result retrieval. External programs can be written in Visual Basic, C++, FORTRAN, or any other language which supports the Microsoft® OLE standard.

RITAL calculates Real Fluid properties using optional DB Robinson Real Fluid Properties, NIST, or ASME Steam routines. Users can also incorporate their own proprietary fluid properties.

Start AxCent automatically from inside RITAL, which automatically transfers the initial geometry to AxCent for 3D geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output for CFD and FEA stress analysis. Changes in AxCent that affect the meanline analysis will cause the meanline analysis to be rerun and all performance maps to be regenerated.

RITAL supports the Agile Engineering Design System® process through easy transfer of meanline design information to the AxCent program for geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output to CFD and FEA programs.

Components Supported by RITAL

  • Inlet volutes

  • Nozzles

  • Rotors

  • Exhaust diffusers

Modeling

RITAL has built-in models for inlet volutes, rotor and nozzle diffusion/losses, disk friction, and other losses related to subsonic turbine performance. The same consistent model is used in both the design and analysis modes of RITAL.

Integrated Performance Map Plotting

Review design performance, analysis, and test data with flexibly plotted performance maps, updated automatically with each geometric change.

Easy Editing

View the turbine stage in an active, true-scale meridional view. Edit the parameters by double clicking on the component in the meridional view. Also edit parameters using a single text input/output file, a feature especially useful for optimization.

Table View of Results

View the results in a flexible, spreadsheet-like table format, customizable through separate filters. Create any number of filters, select what to display, and customize the labels as well.

Axial View with Velocity Triangles

Using the window view, view blades and velocity triangles at the impeller inlet and exit.

OLE Automation Support

Control RITAL from an external program through industry-standard Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) automation. OLE automation supports full control of data entry, program execution, and result retrieval. External programs can be written in Visual Basic, C++, FORTRAN, or any other language which supports the Microsoft® OLE standard.

A Real Fluid Program

RITAL calculates Real Fluid properties using optional DB Robinson Real Fluid Properties, NIST, or ASME Steam routines. Users can also incorporate their own proprietary fluid properties.

Direct Integration with AxCent

Start AxCent automatically from inside RITAL, which automatically transfers the initial geometry to AxCent for 3D geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output for CFD and FEA stress analysis. Changes in AxCent that affect the meanline analysis will cause the meanline analysis to be rerun and all performance maps to be regenerated.

Output to AxCent

RITAL supports the Agile Engineering Design System® process through easy transfer of meanline design information to the AxCent program for geometry generation, rapid loading analysis, throughflow analysis, and output to CFD and FEA programs.

Product Support

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Multi-Stage Turbine Design

The diversification of radial turbine applications and the need to use a broader set of real fluids in those applications is driving the need to design to pressure ratios that necessitate multiple stages of expansion. GOOD NEWS: RITAL is now capable of modeling multi-stage designs! By integrating our AXIAL solver, which is not specific to axial machines, and implementing a hood connection model between the stages, a designer is now able to create multi-stage radial turbine designs to achieve pressure ratios never before possible with this meanline design tool.

RITAL Brochure

A meanline approach is used to design radial and mixed-flow turbines, Concepts NREC’s RITAL™ CAE software program is used to design the turbine stage, analyze performance, refine parameters with data reduction, and model the machine according to several performance models. RITAL’s unique Design Wizard leads the user through all the steps necessary for design, analysis, and data reduction. The meanline turbine design can easily migrate into the AxCent® program
for further blade design and fluid dynamic analysis.

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Bryan Barrington

Senior Advisor - Machinery Engineering

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