Component Design Process

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Component Design Process

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The design process for CFturbo project components requires the completion of a specific sequence of obligatory design steps for each component type (see impeller, volute, stator).
After completing a components basic design process, optional design steps related to model finishing and CFD setup become available.

Each design step comes with its own dialog that can be accessed via the component specific menus or the components context menu in the meridian view.
If the design step is executed for the first time, CFturbo generates an initial design automatically.

Title bar controls

In addition to the "Search the manual" edit field (see General handling), some more features are available in the title bar.

Undo = Ctrl Z
Redo = Ctrl Y

the last action, which is displayed as hint

 Menu with additional options:

Restore from project
Restore previous project state (current modifications are lost)

Reset to default
Reset to CFturbo default settings (current modifications are lost)

Design step dialog controls

Generally, dialogs in CFturbo provide the following standard controls:        


Closes the dialog and saves user changes into the project.


Closes the dialog and discards all changes made.


Opens the help topic related to the current design step.


Fast Navigation and Automated component design

Dialogs that are part of the basic component design process provide navigation buttons:

This feature enables you to quickly and comfortable navigate to any other design steps.

Any existing design step can be selected as well as the next design step for new designs by

Left mouse button: close current design step with <OK> (save user changes into the project)

Right mouse button: close current design step with <Cancel> (ignore user changes)

Currently not existing design steps are disabled.

Complete all design steps

For new design steps this button closes the dialog and saves user changes into the project. Finally, it completes all subsequent mandatory design steps of the selected component with default values.

This option is only available if the selected component has a next design step that has never been completed.

You may use this option as soon as the main dimensions of a component are defined to get to a preliminary automatic design within seconds. You can change all design parameters according to your requirements later on.

The automatic design may fail or lead to unsatisfactory results if global project settings and/or previously completed design steps are unsound. In this case you will be informed about the issue via warnings in the message panel or a message box.

Update Messages

After any modification the current design step is checked for information/ warnings/ errors.

These messages are displayed close to the <OK> button of the design step dialog.

Usually you can find more information about a message in the online help by clicking on its text.

If the design step dialog is closed by <OK> then this information as well as the messages of all other design steps is is also displayed in the Messages area right in the main form.

See also Opened project/ message panel. Usually you can find more information about a message in the online help by clicking on its text.

After any design step modification all dependent design steps are updated automatically.