Combustion Chamber Performance Optimization, DOE

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In this project, combustion chamber performance is optimized using DOE and RSM.

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What is the Design of the Experiment (DOE)?

Design of Experiments (DOE), also referred to as Designed Experiments or Experimental Design – is defined as the systematic procedure carried out under controlled conditions to discover an unknown effect, to test or establish a hypothesis, or to illustrate a known effect. It involves determining the relationship between input factors affecting a process and the output of that process. It helps to manage process inputs to optimize the output.

Sir Ronald A. Fisher first introduced the method in the 1920s and 1930s. Design of Experiment is a powerful data collection and analysis tool used in various experimental situations. It allows manipulating multiple input factors and determining their effect on the desired output (response). By changing multiple inputs simultaneously, DOE helps to identify significant interactions that may be missed when experimenting with only one factor at a time. We can investigate all possible combinations (full factorial) or only a portion of the possible combinations (fractional factorial).

A well-planned and executed experiment may provide a great deal of information about the effect on a response variable due to one or more factors. Many experiments involve holding certain factors constant and altering the levels of another variable. However, this “one factor at a time” (OFAT) approach to processing knowledge is inefficient compared to changing multiple factor levels simultaneously.

As was mentioned previously, there are multiple approaches to DOE. OFAT, Full and Fractional factorial, Taguchi, and Response surface methodology (RSM). However, the RSM proves to be the best approach among the existing methods for DOE.

What is Response Surface Methodology (RSM)?

Response Surface methodology, or RSM for short, is a set of mathematical methods determining the relationship between one or more response variables and several independent (studied) variables. This method was introduced by Box and Wilson in 1951 and is still used today as an experimental design tool. RSM is a set of statistical techniques and applied mathematics for building experimental models. The goal in RSM is to optimize the response (output variable) affected by several independent variables (input variables). An experiment is a series of tests called executions. In each experiment, changes are made to the input variables to determine the causes of the response variable’s changes. In response-level designs, constructing response procedure models is an iterative process.

As soon as an approximate model is obtained, it is tested by the good-fit method to see if the answer is satisfactory. If the answer is not confirmed, the estimation process starts again, and more experiments are performed. In designing experiments, the goal is to identify and analyze the variables affecting the outputs with the least number of experiments. This method achieves the best response surface by discovering each design variable’s optimal response level. In designing experiments, the goal is to identify and analyze the variables affecting the outputs with the least number of experiments.

What is Optimization in ANSYS Fluent?

Optimization is the process of acquiring the best answer for a selected parameter. Using ANSYS, one can perform two types of Optimization. 1-Direct Optimization, 2-Indirect Optimization. Both of these methods will result in the same answer but with different steps. Direct Optimization predicts the behavior of a system without any intermediary step. In contrast, indirect Optimization needs the data obtained by the RSM to provide the user with the correct mathematical function for predicting the system behavior.

What do I learn from this tutorial?

Step 1

In the first part of this tutorial that experienced Engineers in the MR-CFD company prepared you will first learn about different DOE methods, including RSM and its history. Next, the advantages or disadvantages of these methods over one another will be explained along with their theoretical aspects. Therefore, you can be sure you will learn the theoretical bases you need in the introductory section even if you don’t have any experience in the field of DOE or Optimization whatsoever.

Step 2

In the second part, the RSM optimization process is conducted using ANSYS software. This project will show you how to apply this method to optimize different combustion chamber parameters step by step. For instance, we will start from scratch by designing the geometry of the combustion chamber and show you how you can parametrize your design. In the next step, you will see how the meshing is performed over the designed geometry. Next, we will explain how to set up Fluent software and define other needed parameters. After that, we will show you how to perform a parameter correlation process to find out which input parameters have a significant effect on our output parameters to reduce the number of input parameters and hence our computational time by omitting the less needed input parameters.

Finally, using the Central Composite Method (CCD), which is a subset to RSM, we generate the design point chart, which includes all the needed experiments to perform the Optimization by defining the investigation span for each parameter. In simple words, indirect Optimization in ANSYS uses the generated data by RSM to extract a mathematical function that can predict the system’s behavior.

Step 3

In the next part, the direct optimization process is explained in detail. In this type of Optimization, in contrast to the previous method (RSM), the design points will be created based on the need of the software and based on a predefined algorithm. As the optimization process advances, the software may decide it needs more sampling points to predict the mathematical function of the system accurately. In other words, opposite to Optimization using RSM, the whole Optimization is performed directly without any intermediary step. Finally, when the process is finished, ANSYS will provide you with 3 candidate points that are the best answers for your system based on the user-defined objective(s) (i.e., the circumstances you want your model to meet)

Project description

In this project, the combustion process inside a combustion chamber is simulated, and parameters such as heat generation rate, pollution formation, etc., are monitored. (The list of input and output parameters is shown in the following table.) As was mentioned in the previous paragraphs, the target of this project is to optimize the geometrical parameters of the combustion chamber for targets such as maximizing the value of heat generation rate while minimizing the amount of formed pollution. Two types of optimization are examined in this project; Indirect optimization using the RSM method and direct optimization. In the indirect optimization step, we use the CCD method to generate the design points needed to perform the RSM analysis. Then we will perform a parameter correlation process to identify the most effective input parameters on our model.

Next, we will show you how to optimize the combustion chamber’s input parameters based on the data which was generated for RSM analysis.

Direct Optimization

In the second part, we show the steps to performing direct optimization in which we will first generate the design points needed for the optimization process and then by defining desired target(s) (such as maximizing the value of heat generation rate while minimizing the amount of formed pollution), the software will start the optimization process and will provide you with the best three candidate points.

The RNG k-epsilon model is exploited to solve turbulent fluid equations. The energy equation is enabled to calculate the temperature change and model the heat transfer. Also, the species transport model along with the volumetric reaction option, has been activated to simulate the combustion process inside the cylindrical combustion chamber.

Input parameters The span of variations for input parameters Output parameters
Cone angular velocity 100-400 rad/s Outlet temperature
Outer diameter 0.099-0.121 m CO2 mass fraction
Cone height 0.027-0.033 m CO mass fraction
Cone length 0.27-0.33 m Average temperature
Air inlet diameter 0.0018-0.0022 m Total heat generation
Fuel inlet diameter 0.009-0.011 m Chamber heat flux
Air inlet offset 0.009-0.011 m
Fuel inlet offset 0.009-0.011 m (DOE)

Geometry and Mesh

We design the geometry of the present project in ANSYS Design Modeler software. It consists of several parts, like 4 Fuel inlets on the bottom face of the combustion chamber, and 4 air inlets offset to produce a swirl flow inside the combustion chamber, and a rotating cone inside the chamber to increase the effect swirl over the combustion efficiency.


Also, We carry out the meshing of the model in ANSYS Meshing software and apply a specific body sizing over each generated geometry based on the geometrical input parameters.


CFD simulation settings

  • Simulation applies a pressure-based solver.
  • The present simulation and its results are steady and do not change as a function of time.
  • We ignore the effect of gravity.

The following table summarizes the applied settings.

Viscous model k-epsilon
k-epsilon model RNG
near-wall treatment standard wall function
Species Species transport
Reaction Volumetric
Turbulence chemistry interaction Eddy-dissipation
Energy On
Boundary conditions
Inlets Mass flow inlet
Air Mass flow rate 0.00036135 kg/s
Temperature 300 K
Fuel Mass flow rate 3 kg/s
Temperature 300 K
Outlet Pressure outlet
Chamber wall & wall-solid Wall motion Stationary wall
Thermal Convection
h = 25 W/m2K
Free stream temp = 300K
Cone Wall motion Rotating wall
Rotating velocity CA (input parameter)
Thermal Heat flux = 0 W/m2
Solution Methods
Pressure-velocity coupling   Coupled
Spatial discretization pressure second-order
momentum second-order upwind
Mass fraction of species second-order upwind
turbulent kinetic energy second-order upwind
turbulent dissipation rate second-order upwind
Energy second-order upwind

Result and discussion

As can be seen in the goodness of fit graph, there is a good agreement between the predicted values (predicted function) and the points that have been simulated. Therefore, the obtained data can be trusted to give you the optimal values for each outlet parameter based on the inputs. You can extract many different 3D surfaces to view the results better and understand the mutual effects of each input parameter over the output.


By viewing the local sensitivity chart, you can understand which input parameter significantly affects outputs. For instance, in this project, you can easily say that the combustion chamber’s cone angular velocity and outer diameter play a distinct role almost over all the output parameters.


Finally, in the spider chart, you can observe the responses for each parameter. (i.e., when we have the highest value for parameters 1,2,4,5 and 6, parameter 3 will have its least value, which is entirely logical since when we have a complete stoichiometric reaction, the generated heat will reach its highest value while the mass fraction of CO will reach zero.)


4 reviews for Combustion Chamber Performance Optimization, DOE

  1. sajad nasiri

    Very practical, thanks MR CFD.

  2. asha

    thanks, Mr CFD for publishing this training video. I have used this package in my Ph.D. thesis, the number of my simulation experiment has been reduced so much, and the result was so most perfect for presentation in my research paper. do you have any service in this area also?
    how can I connect with you?

    • Reza Amini

      thanks, dear Asha,
      you can call us on WhatsApp or email us
      [email protected]

  3. christian

    the perfect training package, I have read this package and I have some questions, how can I be in touch with your expert in this area?
    best regards

    • Reza Amini

      thanks, dear Christian for your purchase
      you can be in touch with us via mail and WhatsApp
      [email protected]

  4. pasha

    hello dear MR CFD
    what is the advantage of this type of investigation compared to the classic investigation? do you have any sample of the published paper of your own ?

    • Reza Amini

      hello dear pasha
      as it has been explained in this post, the number of experiments by this way will be reduced and you can investigate the effect of the various parameters in so lower time and also you can predict the effect of parameter interaction on your output parameters like predicting the effect of shell and tube diameter and also the various Reynolds and nanofluid concentration on pressure drop and heat transfer coefficient in a shell and tube heat exchanger.

    • anisha hamza

      also this our published article in this area
      you can take a look at the result that you can extract from the design of experiment and response surface method by using Ansys fluent and Ansys workbench softwares

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