“We decided that 3D inverse design technology was needed to achieve the efficiency we wanted while shortening our design time” added Iwata. “Therefore, we chose TURBOdesign1 software.”
TURBOdesign1 is currently the only non-proprietary software that can be used to design turbomachinery via 3D inverse design technology. They found that the software is so easy to use that they required almost no training. Users needed only a basic understanding of fan designs.
The TURBOdesign Suite provides a more systematic approach to aerodynamic turbomachinery design than traditional CAD software, because, once an optimum input specification for a given design criteria (such as minimum loss, cavitation suppression, secondary flow suppression, etc.) has been obtained, it is used to develop new prototypes very rapidly, thereby reducing development time for new designs.
TURBOdesign1 runs on Windows - XP, 2000 and NT and requires 500Mb or more of random access memory (RAM) running on a 2.8GHz P4 and above processors. It also uses just 300Mb of disk storage space. Because its hardware requirements are relatively simple, Daikin did not have to purchase additional hardware or otherwise upgrade its computer systems to implement the TURBOdesign solution.
“We were almost immediately productive using the software for our fan design,” said Iwata. “Then, it took only about a year to feel we were fully versed in all its capabilities.”