Development of a graphical numerical simulation for thermoacoustic research
Purdy, Eric W.
Hofler, Thomas J.
Wong, Robert K.
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This thesis is written to document the design and use of an object- oriented, numerical simulation of thermoacoustic devices. The resulting expen system code entitled "Design Simulation for Thermoacoustic Research", or DSTAR, allows a unique new approach for the rapid design and simulation of thermoacoustic devices. Past approaches to thermoacoustic modeling have involved the use of "disposable" algorithms coded to model one specific device. Conversely, DSTAR uses a Windows compliant graphical user interface to construct any given thermoacoustic model at runtime. As a result, the models can be developed quickly and without any revision of the computer code. The approach to simulation involves the solution of a one-dimensional acoustic wave equation concurrently with an energy flow equation from one end of the user-specified device geometry to the other in addition to various lumped acoustical elements. The resulting steady-state solution is displayed in both graphical and textual output. Considerable effort was given to preserving the flexibility and breadth of the possible simulations, in addition to allowing easy modification of the source code for new thermoacoustic components. To demonstrate the utility of the code, a thermoacoustic prime mover was modeled and then optimized for better performance
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