Gas Turbine Simulator

GE Gas Turbine
General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine

When Honeywell UK won a contract to retrofit an existing control system on a General Electric LM2500 gas turbine, they required a simulation package that had the power and flexibility to model the nonlinearities of a turbine, as well as evaluate the relationship between the turbine and the controller. Based on previous experience, Mohan Thiagarajah, applications consultant at Honeywell, chose VisSim to handle all of their development and testing needs.

Fast Model Creation

After only a few weeks, Thiagarajah created a basic model of the gas turbine, including the compressor, combustor, gas generator turbine, and power turbine. Several iterations later, the model would grow to over 2,000 blocks and encompass all the auxiliary units, including fans, pumps, values, and pipes. According to Thiagarajah, features like drag-and-drop block placement and compound blocks streamlined model construction and greatly improved the readability of the diagram. One of Thiagarajah's prime concerns was integrating existing GE information into the overall model. In particular, Thiagarajah wanted to model the starter motor, ignition system, ventilation fan, and lubrication oil pumps based on GE specifications. "The map block provided an easy and reliable way to incorporate this data directly into the simulation," explained Thiagarajah. "I could perform 1-, 2-, or 3-D table lookups, depending on how the data was organized."


With a fully functioning model, Thiagarajah was able to create and validate complicated control algorithms for start-up sequencing and fuel controls, and stimulate both the transient and steady-state behavior of the system. He also had a safe environment in which to test emergency trips and alarms that would be too costly or dangerous to perform on the physical system.

In the end, both Honeywell and their customer were extremely satisfied with Thiagarajah's work. Honeywell found that VisSim was the most effective and easiest PC-based solution for developing complex simulation models. Honeywell's customer ended up with an operational system that met all their requirements.

"We have a similiar project coming up soon -- an offshore oil rig in Norway that has 10 compressors and 4 Rolls Royce gas turbines. I fully expect to use VisSim to great effect again." Mohan Thiagarajah

Penn State Gas Turbine Model

This model (which you can download below if you are signed in) explores a simple (no intercooling, reheat, regeneration, etc...) air-cycle gas turbine engine with a single load torque (e.g. a generator or alternator) with a dynamic analysis. This approach is different from the usual temperature-enthalphy anaylises done in the classroom.
This model incorporates geometrical dimensions of the compressor, combustion chamber, and turbine; design parameters such as deHaller number, load coefficient, flow coefficient, and Degree of Reaction. Thermodynamic parameters such as ambient conditions, LHV of the fuel, and pressure increase and decrease relationships are incorporated into the model.