Pratt & Whitney Canada Pre-Detailed Design System for Turbines
The aero-engine design process is highly iterative, multidisciplinary and complex in nature. The success of an engine depends on a carefully balanced design that best exploits the interactions between numerous traditional engineering disciplines such as aerodynamics and structures as well as lifecycle analysis of cost, manufacturability, serviceability and supportability. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of small aero-engines. The proposed Chair program aims to deploy a fully automated and integrated P&WC Pre-Detailed Design System “PDDS” that is capable of finding the optimal balance between aerodynamic performance, cooling flows, durability, cost and weight in order to achieve better-integrated results, a step reduction in engine design elapsed time and the best product performance . The proposed program addresses only the “Turbine” part of the engine, being a critical component due to its high temperatures and stresses, cooling, material and coating requirements.