The project develops a novel multicriteria optimization process for gas turbine blades and vanes using modern “adjoint” algorithms from the mathematical discipline of shape optimization. Given the many start and shut-down processes of gas power plants in volatile energy grids, besides optimizing gas turbine geometries for efficiency, the durability understood as minimization of the probability of failure is a design objective of increasing importance. We also intend to describe the underlying coupling structure of the multiphysical simulations. Also we will use modern, gradient based multicriteria optimization procedures to enhance the exploration of Pareto-optimal solutions.

The project is a cooperation of the Universities of Wuppertal, Trier and Kaiserslautern with Siemens AG and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).