Soler & Palau Uses ADT’s TURBOdesign1 to Develop New Fan Designs in Less Time

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Anticipates enabling new engineers to be productive more quickly.

Soler & Palau's new fan model was designed using ADT's TURBOdesign1 software.

Soler & Palau’s A-MAX axial fan project focused on developing efficient, brushless EC motors and was completed using ADT’s TURBOdesign1 3D inverse design software.

Soler & Palau engineers needed a way to develop optimized blade designs quickly, so we decided to evaluate the three dimensional (3D) inverse engineering capabilities of TURBOdesign1 software.

Advanced Design Technology(ADT), a global leader in the development of advanced turbomachinery design methods and the TURBOdesign Suite today announced that its customer Soler & Palau Ventilation Group(Soler & Palau), an international company with a facility located in Jacksonville, Fla., completed a project using ADT’s TURBOdesign1 three-dimensional (3D) inverse design technology software. Soler & Palau used TURBOdesign1 to develop a new fan design that meets Europe’s Ecodesign Directive requirements.

“Soler & Palau engineers needed a way to develop optimized blade designs quickly, so we decided to evaluate the three dimensional (3D) inverse engineering capabilities of TURBOdesign1 software,” said Guillem Bordas, project manager, Soler & Palau. “A plus is we believe TURBOdesign Suite will make it easier for junior engineers who join our company to complete the knowledge transfer from the senior engineers more quickly.”

Soler & Palau’s A-MAX fan project focused on developing the axial fans, equipped with efficient brushless electronically commutated (EC) motors, for launch this month. Time-to-market for the development was a factor in selecting TURBOdesign1 as the 3D inverse design technology significantly reduces design times. Soler & Palau engineers completed the design and development of the new axial fans in less time than a typical design cycle.

Bordas estimates that it took approximately two weeks to arrive at a very good blade geometry solution, whereas comparable past projects took approximately one month of blade only design time.

ADT’s TURBOdesign Suite is a unique aerodynamic and hydrodynamic 3D design software package that allows users to design, analyze and optimize all types of turbomachinery, such as axial, mixed-flow or centrifugal pumps, compressors, fans, turbines and torque converters. Using the software, designers evaluate turbomachinery package size and performance predictions; perform detailed 3D blade design with 3D inverse design capabilities; analyze flow information per component; stage performances with turbomachinery specific 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and automate exploration of the design space with automatic optimization capabilities.

“Our 3D inverse design optimization technology provides innovative solutions while reducing development time and costs,” said Professor Mehrdad Zangeneh, founder and managing director of ADT. “TURBOdesign1 software eliminates trial and error and helps engineers view a larger design space. Even new engineers are productive within days.”

Fast development of customized design is, therefore, made possible.

TURBOdesign Suite System Requirements, Availability and Pricing
TURBOdesign Suite runs on Windows systems. It operates on mid-range workstations with 2.4 Ghz or better processors, 2 GB RAM and 1Gb disk space.

The TURBOdesign Suite is now shipping. It is sold in modules starting from $15,000 USD with software training and technical support included.

About Soler & Palau
Soler & Palau Spain celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. Soler & Palau USA is the North American subsidiary of the Soler & Palau group of companies. Established in 2004 Soler & Palau USA has been supplying a wide range of air moving products to a diverse national and international client base. Soler & Palau USA operations are based in Jacksonville, Fla. This geographically strategic location allows the shipment of products throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Jacksonville manufacturing facility has more than 150,000 square feet of warehouse space stocking a comprehensive range of products. This permits the overnight delivery of many popular model sizes to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, go to:

About TURBOdesign Technology, Inc.
Founded in 2011, TURBOdesign Technology, Inc. (TDT) is the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Advanced Design Technology (ADT) turbomachinery design software, TURBOdesign Suite. TURBOdesign Technology is headquartered in New York, N.Y. For more information, call (347) 759-6103 or go to:

About Advanced Design Technology
Advanced Design Technology (ADT) is a global leader in the development of advanced turbomachinery design methods, which helps not only to shorten development time but also to improve the performance of turbomachinery components. ADT’s aim is to put designers in direct control of the aerodynamic design and to shorten, considerably, the design time and time to market for a range of turbomachinery products. ADT’s clients, who represent some of the leading global players in the aerospace, automotive, power generation and marine fields, have achieved significant returns on investment in terms of reduction in design times, higher performance and ease of know-how transfer among different design teams and projects. For more information, call +44 (0) 20 7299 1170 or go to:

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