Aerospace AMAM for Energy

GE Research gains access to ORNL supercomputer to optimize jet engines

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community.

GE Research announced it has been awarded access to the world’s top supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to support the optimization of jet engines and power generation equipment. With access to the advanced computing capability, GE Research says it will be able to focus on reducing fuel consumption for jet engines as well as on finding new ways to integrate 3D printed parts for improved efficiency and performance.

GE Research was selected to use ORNL’s supercomputer by the Department of Energy (DoE) through its Innovation and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Now in its 15th year, the program grants access to the supercomputer to external parties for advanced engineering and science projects. Through its award, GE Research is receiving 590,000 node-hours to use ORNL’s Summit Supercomputer.

A team from GE Research’s computational fluid dynamics division will use the Summit Supercomputer to study how complex flow characteristics impact gas turbine performance to improve engine design. The goal is to find pathways for developing more efficient jet engines and power generation equipment. Part of its exploration will also be focused on finding new ways to integrate 3D printed components into engine systems.

GE Research ORNL supercomputer
High fidelity simulation showing mixing of hot and cool flows in a high pressure turbine (Photo: GE Research)

“We’re able to conduct experiments at unprecedented levels of speed, depth and specificity that allow us to perceive previously unobservable phenomena in how complex industrial systems operate,” explained Michal Osusky, the project’s leader from GE Research’s Thermosciences group. “Through these studies, we hope to innovate new designs that enable us to propel the state of the art in turbomachinery efficiency and performance.”

This is not the first time that GE has partnered with a National Lab like ORNL. Prior collaborations have led to “significant improvements in combined cycle power plant efficiency, wind energy output and jet engine performance.” Considering this, the company is optimistic its access to ORNL’s Summit Supercomputer will lead to positive results and, crucially, to more sustainable solutions.

GE also leverages in-house supercomputer resources to conduct a number of advanced research initiatives for its Aviation, Power and Renewable Energy businesses. The capability plays an important part in simulating complex fluid dynamics to understand how to design more efficient turbomachinery products.

As part of this project, Osusky and engineers from GE Research and GE Aviation will utilize Large Eddy Simulations (LES) to analyze full 3D engine components to better understand the complex flow physics that influence gas turbine performance. The team will analyze a number of factors, including flow mixing, boundary layer transition, separated flows, multiscale flow structures and coupling between high pressure turbine components.

Notably, GE Additive is also working with ORNL to accelerate the industrialization of additive manufacturing. As part of this ongoing partnership, GE Additive is leveraging the power of the lab’s Summit Supercomputer to rapidly analyze information gathered from metal additive manufacturing systems.

Consumer Products AM 2024

1,346 polymer and metal AM companies and 143 end-users. Consumer products AM generated $2.6 billion in 2023. Segment expected to grow to $28 billion by 2033 at 26.8% CAGR. This new market study fro...

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close Popup
Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Technical Cookies
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services


Join our 12,000+ Professional community and get weekly AM industry insights straight to your inbox. Our editor-curated newsletter equips executives, engineers, and end-users with crucial updates, helping you stay ahead.